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NETBALL: Raychem bounce back to go second
6:00am Tuesday 5th November 2013 in Sport
Raychem returned to winning ways in Regional 2 with a 54-50 win over high-flying Almondsbury NC.
The team welcomed back Kelly Morgan after a year working abroad also added Steph Bonehill and Lizzie Boston to the squad.
Raychem started reasonably well and the score was tied at 14 apiece at the end of the first quarter.
Almondsbury upped their in Q2 and switched on a box in their defensive third which the home team struggled to break down as the visitors moved 28-24 up at the half.
Coach Dawn Greenberg made wholesale changes at the interval in an attempt to shake things up.
It took some time for the new combination to settle but the Raychem defence of Claire Baverstock, Hayley Lawrence and Tracy Watt were starting to dominate and some slick interplay between Boston and Morgan coupled with pin-point feeding from Bonehill and steady shooting secured a one-goal lead after the third quarter.
In the final quarter, the fresh legs of Natalie Peperall were introduced and she made an immediate impact.
The Raychem defence took turnover after turnover allowing the attack to take the ball through to the shooters to secure the victory that takes them to second place in the division.
Abbey Meads remain unbeaten in RL3 after a 47-33 win over fellow title hopefuls Bournemouth.
The top-of-the-table clash lived up to its billing and the scores were deadlocked after the first two periods.
In the third quarter Abbey made some changes and took control of the game, pulling ahead 35-27 with superb attacking and shooting from Julie Hewitt and firm defending in the circle from Susie McDonald and Helen McGrath.
That gap was extended to 14 in the final period as Abbey Meads rounded of a real statement of intent for the season.
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