Essex Open crush champions Academy
PUBLISHED: 15:00 23 October 2015
Team keep top spot in Regional Division One
Essex Open produced a scintillating performance to down defending Regional League Division One champions Academy.
Both sides matched each other goal for goal in a tense opening five minutes that was evenly matched.
Essex had started strongly, but a few loose passes meant they could not turn their advantage into goals.
Academy were finding it very difficult to cope with Antonia Simmonds in the circle and Essex started to gain the initiative, scoring four quick goals without reply to take an 8-4 lead early in the first quarter.
The Essex defensive duo of Michelle Stewart and Zoie Humphreys were in top form, blocking any Academy attack and ensured that at the end of the first quarter, Open held a 14-7 lead.
Essex were dominating the centre court with Sarah Biss, Leanne Spencer and Rose Morgan-Smith providing plenty of chances for Simmonds and Maddie O’Shodi to keep Essex in front.
The match was all but settled in the last part of the second quarter when Essex scored eight goals without reply to take a 29-14 lead into the half time interval.
With a comfortable lead, it was perhaps inevitable that Essex would find it difficult to maintain their high tempo performance.
They allowed Academy to come back into the game and the third quarter was much more evenly-balanced but Essex still held a 38-20 lead..
With the points in the bag, Essex cruised through the last quarter to complete a convincing 49-27 victory. over Academy.
Essex have won all three of their games in the Regional League and remain top of the table.
Essex Open: Stewart, Humhreys, Spencer, Biss, Morgan- Smith, O’Shodi, Simmonds, R Wilks, Weekes,Hazledon, Campbell.
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