Netball: Essex Open move back to second in Mizuno Premier Division Three after success at Norfolk United
PUBLISHED: 14:00 30 January 2018
Mizuno Premier Division Three: Norfolk United 44 Essex Open 57; Essex Met Division One: Essex Open A 52 Manor A 37
Essex Open moved back into second place in the Mizuno Premier League Division Three following an excellent 57-44 victory over Norfolk United.
In the early exchanges, both sides matched each other goal for goal; the Norfolk shooter looked in exceptional form, while Maddie Oshodi and Leah Humphries soon found their goal touch for Open.
The powerful Essex midfield trio of Rebecca Wilks and Rose and Isabella Morgan-Smith got a grip on the game midway through the first quarter.
This allowed Open more possession and created further chances for Oshodi and Humphries, allowing the visitors to hold a 16-11 heading into the first interval.
The second quarter was extremely tight as Norfolk fought back hard, reducing the arrears to two.
However, two Essex goals just before the interval gave the visitors a four-goal cushion at half time.
Open scored three quick goals at the start of the third quarter, with a solitary reply from Norfolk.
Essex never looked back, and Norfolk were finding it difficult to break down the defensive duo of Jasmin Odeogberin and captain Zoie Humphrey.
With Essex dominating the centre court, they were able to take a commanding eight-goal lead into the last quarter, leading 40-32.
Such was the Open dominance, they were able to score 17 goals in the last quarter and run out 57-44 winners and secure another vital league win.
Essex: Humphrey, Odeogberin, R Wilks, R Morgan-Smith, I Morgan-Smith, Glenn, Lawrence, Humphries, Oshodi, Godden/
• Essex Open A maintained their position at the top of Essex Met Division One with a 52-37 win over rivals Manor.
Some excellent shooting from Maddie Oshodi and Leah Humphries towards the end of the first quarter gave Open an 11-8 lead.
The second quarter was tightly contested, but Essex always held the upper hand in the centre court.
The third quarter proved to be crucial as Open were simply too powerful for Manor.
The last quarter was evenly contested, but Essex had already ensured the points and held on for a comfortable win.
Essex: Humphrey, Odeogberin, R Wilks, R Morgan-Smith, I Morgan-Smith, Oshodi, Humphries.