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Essex Open produce Vibrant display in big win

PUBLISHED: 08:18 20 February 2017 | UPDATED: 08:18 20 February 2017

Michelle Stewart in action for Essex Open

Michelle Stewart in action for Essex Open

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Squad keep Regional League play-off bid on track

Essex Open kept their Regional League play-off bid on track with a convincing 57-30 win over lowly Vibrant.

Despite being without several key players, Essex showed their strength in depth and built a 5-1 lead with Leah Humphries in excellent form in the attacking circle.

Vibrant rallied, but could not contain Essex’s attack and a run of five unanswered goals made it 14-7 at the first break.

The second quarter was more even and Vibrant scored the first three goals, but Michelle Stewart and Zoie Humphries proved hard to break down after that, as Sarah Campbell, Rose Morgan-Smith and Rebecca Wilks dominated in mid-court.

Humphries continued to score at regular intervals as Essex netted seven goals without reply to go 23-10 up, on the way to a 29-16 half-time advantage.

Leanne Spencer came on at wing defence for the second half and Essex continued to impress in attack, with Humphries and Jemma Higgins relentless as the gap grew to 46-22.

Essex eased up in the final period, allowing Vibrant more possession, but still managed to outscore their rivals to finish with an emphatic 27-goal margin of victory.

Aeonian provide the opposition for Essec this weekend as they return to their Essex Met League Division One title campaign at Redbridge Sports Centre.

Essex Open: Stewart, Humphrey, Campbell, R Morgan-Smith, R Wilks, Humphries, Jiggins, Spencer.


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