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London Pulse

Match Details

14th April 2023
Round 12
Team Bath Netball Arena
Stats Report

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Jade Clarke
Jade Clarke London Pulse View profile

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Team Bath's Imogen Allison and London Pulse's Jade Clarke go head-to-head in the Netball Super League (Picture: Charlotte Clark)

Team Bath's Imogen Allison and London Pulse's Jade Clarke go head-to-head (Picture: Charlotte Clark)

A tenacious Team Bath Netball performance meant London Pulse had to fight all the way for a win which took them top of the 2023 Netball Super League table.

The Blue & Gold, roared on by another 1,400-strong crowd at the Team Bath Arena, were trailing 17-10 at the end of the first period but there was little between the sides during the next two captivating quarters as the hosts went toe-to-toe with their in-form opponents.

Just a couple of goals separated the teams during each of the periods but, as in previous matches against title contenders this season, Team Bath were unable to maintain that level during the final 15 minutes and an impressive Pulse outfit pulled away to win 70-48.

Malawi Queens captain Caroline Mtukule made her first Super League start for Team Bath, who went goal for goal with Pulse during an evenly-matched opening seven minutes.

The visitors were looking in confident mood, though, and capitalised fully on a couple of turnovers from England defender Funmi Fadoju to pull clear through six unanswered goals.

The remainder of the quarter was evenly matched as Team Bath doggedly refused to let Pulse extend their advantage and it needed a goal on the buzzer from the clinical Olivia Tchine to increase the gap to 17-10.

Pulse added a couple of quick goals at the start of the second period but Team Bath were looking fired up and played some smart, slick attacking netball.

A brilliant interception from Lily-May Catling and finish from Betsy Creak had the crowd in full voice and, with Summer Artman and Kirsty Harris making big impacts off the bench at goal-keeper and wing-attack respectively, Team Bath ensured it was a hugely-competitive quarter.

Tchine again scored on the buzzer to make the half-time advantage 35-26 and the third quarter followed a similar pattern, with the visitors grabbing two early goals before Team Bath fought back strongly to cut the deficit to eight.

Harris found Creak with some fantastic feeds as Team Bath again went goal for goal with their opponents and Pulse were forced to make some changes of their own to shake things up.

That prompted a run of five unanswered goals from the visitors but Team Bath responded brilliantly in the closing stages to ensure there were again just two goals between the sides during a highly-entertaining quarter, Pulse taking it 16-14.

The fourth quarter proved to be more one-sided as Pulse pulled clear of a tiring home side, with Tchine despatching nine of the first 11 goals to set the tone.

Team Bath were still battling defensively and turning over possession but they were struggling in attack as the classy visitors finished the match with a flourish.

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Report provided by Team Bath