On Saturday 28th January Paulton A took on Neptune from Bridgwater in their second meeting of the season. Having beaten Neptune before Christmas the team were looking to secure five more valuable points against the side. Unfortunately for Paulton, Neptune had other ideas and came out fighting from the first whistle.
The team took to the first quarter with a new squad rotation with Laura replacing the unavailable Debbie at centre. Within five minutes one could anticipate the match being nail biting close with both team’s shooters scoring at every opportunity and both defences working hard to overturn the centre passes. Laura showcased her versatility at centre ensuring that the new rotation gelled together quickly, while she also linked up well with Hayley at WA to feed Cheryl GA and Davina GS. Unfortunately for Paulton Neptune were able to convert two valuable interceptions pushing them ahead after the first fifteen minutes to finish 10 – 12.
After a positive team talk and one of many rotations Shelley debuted from Pauton B to replace Laura at centre and Jess swapped with Davina to play GS. Victoria and Charlotte continued to challenge Neptune’s unstoppable shooters in defence, managing to make some valuable interceptions through zoning and communicating with Vanessa and Shelley forcing the opposition to make passing errors. Cheryl and Jess also gelled quickly together in the shooting circle linking up together with short passes and rotations to score an impressive 15 goals. This enabled the team to turn the match around winning the quarter 24 – 22.
Half time saw the team reflect on their performance so far with everyone agreeing they needed to take control of the game by slowing the tempo down. With another rotation of Laura replacing Vanessa at WD the team took to the court determined to focus on driving on to the ball and to take their time when feeding forward. Paulton started the quarter shaky making silly mistakes but soon settled with Neptune matching them goal for goal. Victoria and Charlotte continued to work hard in defence changing tactics to push the GA wide and to keep the GS out of her shooting comfort zone, but unfortunately they still managed to shoot with great accuracy finding the net. Hayley, WA and Shelley C continued to feed the circle with Jess at GS making great use of her height and athleticism to keep the ball in Paulton’s attacking third enabling Paulton to win the third quarter 33 – 31.
The final quarter saw Davina come back on at GS replacing Jess, and Vanessa swapping with Laura at WD. Unfortunately for Paulton Neptune had their quarter of the match pushing Paulton back into old habits allowing them to take control. Despite this the team continued to work hard over turning some great mid court balls with Cheryl and Davina scoring some fantastic goals. Unfortunately in the final minute Neptune pulled away by one goal to win 42 – 43. However despite the disappointment of losing the team walked away knowing that they had tried new rotations successfully therefore, adding to the squad’s development.