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Loughborough Lightning

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17th May 2021
Round 16
Copper Box Arena
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Loughborough Lightning book top four spot with London Pulse win

Loughborough Lightning confirm their top four place after a victory against London Pulse, who showcased a growing side, but the pressure of Lightning proved too much, with them winning 42-35.

London Pulse displayed again another much-improved performance with their young side, keeping up with Lightning for all 48 minutes but it was the experienced Lightning who took the win to book their place in the play-offs.

It was a tight first quarter as Pulse pushed Lightning to go goal to go for the first 12 minutes after a number of unforced errors from both sides. However, Lightning ensured they capitalized on turnover to take a two-goal lead at the end of the first quarter, ending 11-9.

A more dominant performance followed in the second quarter for Lightning in what became a scrappy affair. Pulse kept fighting with great defensive pressure from Fumni Fodoju and Lindsey Keable in the circle, however Lightning showed immense patience to continue finding route to goal. The first half finished 24-17 to the visitors as they stretched out their lead.

Pulse in the second half demonstrated that they were not down and out from this contest despite increased pressure from Lightning, keeping them to an eight-goal lead in the third quarter. The excellent defence of Sam May continued, causing issues for the Pulse attacking end whilst defensively for Pulse, Fadoju kept her side in the game, with the third quarter finishing 33-25 to Lightning.

The final quarter was again a scrappy affair with both teams making a number of errors as Pulse pushed Lightning all way, not letting the top four contenders get away from them, winning the final quarter.

Player of the Match, Sam May remained a threat in the circle and won her team a great number of turnover ball. However, Lightning did not have it all their own way as Pulse’s defence also managed to get their hand to plenty of ball, especially Roses Futur  Fadoju and not let feeds go easy into Mary Cholhok.

Ultimately, it was a good win for Lightning who showed patience and experience to not get caught up in the battle and ride out the win to confirm their place in the semi-finals, alongside Team Bath.

Atlantic House Investments Player of the Match: Sam May (Loughborough Lightning).

Match report provided by London Pulse.