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Manchester Thunder

Match Details

17th May 2021
Round 16
Copper Box Arena
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Manchester Thunder deal top four blow to Wasps

Manchester Thunder won the battle of third against fourth in the Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) with a 47-53 win on Monday night.

Wasps suffered a couple of blows going into the game, with Iona Christian suffering an ankle injury in Wasps' game against Strathclyde Sirens the day before and Josie Huckle was also ruled out of the match with an injury.

Those injuries saw an opportunity for Hannah Leighton to come in at Goal Keeper for Huckle and Leah Goss come in at wing attack for Christian.

Wasps lost possession right from their opening centre pass, allowing Thunder to take the early lead 2-0. Wasps didn’t let that get them down as they fought back to take the lead 6-5 midway through the quarter. Thunder hit back themselves, taking it back out to two and eventually four as the quarter progressed. Rachel Dunn hit a buzzer beater for Wasps right at the end of the first to take it to 11-13 to Thunder after one.

Wasps made one change at quarter time with Gezelle Allison coming on at Goal Attack for Katie Harris. The second quarter started with a couple of turnovers from both sides on the opening possession. Things then settled down as the sides went shot for shot till late in the quarter.

Wasps then got a couple of offensive contact penalties through Leighton to take the lead 21-20. Thunder hit straight back winning a turnover of their own to regain the lead, but Wasps wouldn’t go away meaning things were all tied up at 24-24 at half time.

The start of the third quarter went on centre pass for the first-half of the quarter. Leighton continued to impress at Goal Keeper for Wasps, before Wasps took a two goal lead halfway through the quarter. Thunder hit back to level it up at 33-33 towards the end of another tight quarter. Wasps made some crucial mistakes at the end of third, for Thunder to take a 34-38 lead after three.

Wasps started the fourth strongly scoring four goals on the bounce, to level up at 38-38. Thunder weren’t going away though as they restored a two goal lead. Midway through the final quarter Thunder made it a four-goal lead again and accelerated away in the final stages. Wasps pushed Thunder all the way, with a gutsy performance despite their injuries, but Thunder took it 47-53 in the end.

Mizuno Player of the Match: Joyce Mvula (Manchester Thunder).

Match report provided by Wasps.