All square for War­riors in en­ter­tain­ing draw

Loughborough Echo - - SPORT -

CHARN­WOOD WAR­RIORS 2NDS 41

BRIDGFORD 41 CHARN­WOOD Rut­land War­riors were held to a draw by Bridgford on Sun­day af­ter a thrilling game where the lead ebbed and flowed through­out the 60 min­utes.

Both teams knew that they needed a win to help im­prove their po­si­tion in the league ta­ble and avoid the rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle this sea­son.

With this in mind both came out with in­tent from the first whis­tle. With both sets of shoot­ers ac­cu­rately sink­ing their shots and both de­fences work­ing hard to turn over the ball Bridgford just edged it go­ing into the first break 9-7 up.

A strong start to the sec­ond quar­ter saw the War­riors draw level as they be­gan to click into gear with im­pres­sive through­court play and the teams couldn’t be sep­a­rated at half time with the score 21-21.

With a few changes made at half­time the War­riors started the third quar­ter slowly and Bridgford were able to stretch out to a seven-goal lead.

How­ever thanks to the con­stant work of their de­fence to turn over ball and calm ac­cu­rate shoot­ing the War­riors went on a bril­liant run of nine unan­swered goals to head into the fi­nal quar­ter 32-30 up and mo­men­tum on their side.

With both teams des­per­ate to take the win the last 15 min­utes was fast and fran­tic with every player on court giv­ing it their all. The War­riors stretched out to a five-goal lead and the win was in sight how­ever strong de­fen­sive pres­sure from Bridgford’s tall goal keeper be­gan to rat­tle Charn­wood’s at­tack as Bridgford slowly chipped away at their lead un­til the teams were level.

With just sec­onds re­main­ing the War­riors were un­able to get the ball into their shoot­ers and the fi­nal whis­tle blew on a bril­liant game of net­ball with the teams shar­ing the points with the fi­nal score 41-41.

Saman­tha Grif­fin, player head coach of the Charn­wood Rut­land War­riors net­ball team.

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