Saturday, 02 July 2022

Stingers clinch third successive promotion

NETTLEBED Stingers ran out comfortable winners in their Reading and District League clash with Posha.

From the first whistle play was fast as Emma Johnston (C) took control and with the speed and support of Sammy Coff (WA) as the ball moved quickly and strongly to the attacking D.

The defensive duo of Lydia Johnston (GD) and Emma Payne (GK) saw many rebounds picked up and interceptions made in the defensive D meant they turned the ball with ease before passing it to the reliable hands of Clare McCarthy (WD), where the centre court players took over. Backed up by a strong defence the Stingers led 26-9 at half-time.

Claire Priddy (GS) and Katie Bayfield (GA) had their work cut out as the wind whipped round the court.

However, the wind didn’t stop the shooters as by the end of the third quarter the Stingers led 37-18.

In the final quarter there was a change in line up as Totie Southwell came on at GA, her first appearance back at this position since injury.

Katie Bayfield then moved into GS and between them they managed to finish the match with a final score of 48-27 to the Nettlebed Stingers. Lydia Johnston was named the Stingers’ man-of-the-match.

NETTLEBED Stingers clinched their third successive promotion in the Maidenhead and District League after beating Genesis.

The game got off to a fast and frantic start with Stingers scoring five quick goals to take the lead. Gensis fought back to even the score 7-7 at the end of the first quarter in a match played out in a strong wind.

The second quarter was neck and neck with each team fighting for possession and to get the ball into their shooting circle. Totie Southwell (GS) and Katie Bayfield (GA) battled with a forceful defence to get Stingers vital goals.

Claire Priddy came on for Southwell in GS in the third quarter and the change gave the Stingers fresh legs but Nettlebed still found it hard to get control of the circle. Emma Johnson (C) and Clare McCarthy (WA) worked the ball between them until the right time for the pass in to the shooters.

The Stingers defence of Emma Payne (WD), Emma Garrett (GD) and Mandy Hough (GK) put the pressure on the Genesis attack and made it difficult for them which enabled Nettlebed to gain a lead of 20-16 going into the final quarter.

Good marking from Hough and Garrett stopped many a Genesis goal and Stingers took advantage of this by working closely to get the ball back to the attackers as the Stingers ran out winners and gained promotion to Division 1.

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