Comets win both games in Watford to top their Group
Last weekend saw the Comets travel down to Watford for the next round of phase 2.With several players having been ill during the week, travelling down and having to play two matches in one day it was going to be a long day.However, the squad did see the welcome return of Rebecca Lee who had missed most of the season due to injury.
The first match was against Devonport and the Comets really needed the win as a loss would mean Devonport would replace them in the top two.The girls started well taking a 2-0 lead after the first quarter and restricting Devonport to long range efforts.However, goals were hard to come by and the Comets could not quite stretch the lead to what their effort and possession deserved.When Devonport scored at the start of the 4th quarter, with yet another long range effort, to make the score 6-4 to the Comets you felt that the next goal was crucial and that if Devonport scored again it might give them the impetus to go on and win the game.However the Comets responded in fine style with goals by Annie Clapperton, Maisy Clapperton & Steph Whittaker to take the score to 9-4 and give themselves some valuable breathing room. With them also shutting out Devonport for the rest of the quarter, eventually winning 11-4, the score was perhaps a little unfair to Devonport but meant that the girls were guaranteed a top two place for the promotion playoff.After a 3 hour wait the Comets were in action again this time vs Sunderland. With a top two place guaranteed the girls still needed a decent win to ensure that they topped the group by goal difference and give themselves a more favourable schedule in the final round in Leeds.Despite Sunderland taking a more physical approach the Comets took an early lead and the victory was never really in doubt especially after the opposition coach (plus a Sunderland supporter) were red carded midway through the first quarter. The Comets eventually went on to win 22-6 with a great team performance including a first ever hat trick for Anna Lord.
Overall another fantastic weekend for the Comets who have looked strong during the past two rounds and are in great form coming into the promotion playoffs.
TEAM: M Gaunt Goals 0 Ex 0 A Clapperton Goals 6 (4,2) Ex 1 (1,0) M Clapperton Goals 5 (2,3) Ex 1 (1,0) A Lord Goals 5 (0,5) Ex 2 (1,1) S Whittaker Goals 7 (3,4) Ex 1 (0,1) R Campbell Goals 1 (1,0) Ex 1 (0,1)R Lee Goals 0 Ex 3 (0,3)L Thomas Goals 4 (0,4) Ex 1 (0,1)E Eastwood Goals 4 (1,3) Ex 1 (0,1) I Larder Goals 1 (0,1) Ex 0
Match report,Stats and Photos. R. Clapperton