Plymouth Pilgrims recover from early deficit to defeat Crossbow
PLYMOUTH Pilgrims won their first game of the season to drag themselves off the bottom of the Regional One league.
The Pilgrims, whose side have been stripped by the retirement from Regional netball of key players, are more used to challenging for honours than being at the wrong end of the table.
But club chairwoman Sue Gullick said she was delighted with a good performance as her side defeated Crossbow 39-37.
She said: "We started a bit slow and were 6-1 down at one point.
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"At the end of the first quarter, we were down by four. Then in the second quarter we started to take control."
Gullick took several positives from the game, which lifted the city side to third from bottom.
Pilgrims hot-shot Michelle Dann blasted her team back in contention, attacker Carla Johnson demonstrated she also has ability at goal defence and new signing Becca Priest, who has joined from Regional Two outfit Raychem, is starting to shine in centre court.
Gullick, reflecting on the club's ongoing team rebuilding job, said: "We always knew we were going to struggle, but although we might not win all our games, we'll give everyone a run for their money."
BAD news for Marjon boss Karen Dent, whose side went down to a 64-47 home defeat in Regional Two.
Good news is the city team seem to have uncovered some new gems in their bid to stabilise since their relegation from Regional One last season.
Centre Arnie Brown deputised for Dent, who was unavailable, and still put a good shift in on the court.
And three players – Jade Wheeler, Liz Hannah and Charlotte Bloxham – came off the bench to help Marjon stage a recovery.
Marjon's attempt to claw back the game was scuppered by a knee injury to one of their players, but Dent said: "Arnie did a good job acting as both captain and coach.
"It was a hard job to do well, as it's easier to weigh up things when you're on the side of the court, rather than playing.
"But she made some changes and they were working until we had an injury.
"We still haven't got an established side yet, because some of the Marjon students haven't had time to fit into the team.
"But I was very pleased with how well the three who came off the bench did."