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Severn Stars

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London Pulse

Match Details

5th April 2021
Round 9
Studio 001
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London Pulse grab second win with victory over Severn Stars

Easter Monday provided a netball treat with a feisty fixture between Severn Stars and London Pulse, finishing 41-36 to the latter.

Both teams have had a difficult start to the season, particularly injury struck Stars who have had two wing attacks out through injury. Pulse with a young starting line up were trying to bounce back from a loss against Wasps the day before, whereas Severn Stars were on a high from the second win of their season against Celtic Dragons.

Both teams started strongly with two turnovers before the first goal of the game. The attacking line ups then began to settle into the game. Nia Jones and Thomas worked hard on the transverse line for Stars, patiently waiting for space to open up in stars attack.

Lefebre Rademan was able to drive along the base line to provide options in Pulse’s shooting circle. Space for Pulse shooter Sigi Burger and an obstruction call on Stars' Lucy Harris allowed Pulse possession which they utilised well finishing the quarter 12-7 up on Stars.

Stars rang the changes for the second quarter with the reshuffle allowing Jane Taylor to enter for Stars at wing attack. The changes not having the desired effect with Pulse’s lead stretching to six, Stars Head Coach Melissa Bessell made another change during the quarter by bringing Jamaican international Kelly to goal keeper.

Errors crept into the Severn Stars attacking play with misplaced passes allowing Pulse's lead to reach 12 goals. Bessell tried to help the Stars attack who had only managed three goals in the quarter by bringing on Ellie Gibbons. This helped get another couple on the board before the half-time break, finishing on 24-12 to London Pulse.

A bright start from Stars saw them score two on the trot but, despite winning turnovers, Paige Reed struggled to convert on the long range shot. As an alternative for Stars, Gibbons and Harris started to find Georgia Rowe under the post with some accurate feeds to bring the gap back to eight.

Pulse responded with changes in their defensive end bringing Lindsay Keeble to goal defence which seemed to halt Stars’ momentum swing and the third quarter finished 33-23 to London Pulse.

As another Stars attack pass went astray, Pulse were able to confidently feed Burger who showed strong shooting form. Changes in the Pulse attack in the middle of the quarter seemed to cause errors in communication and stars pounced on the opportunity to bring the gap back to seven.

A scrappy couple of minutes followed for both teams with bodies hitting the deck. Strength from Rowe and Reed brought the score back to five but the damage had already been done by Pulse, who won 41-36.

iPro Player of the Match: Halimat Adio (London Pulse).

Match report from Severn Stars.

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