Royals end Blackbeards unbeaten run
PUBLISHED: 14:23 21 November 2012
Clevedon Royals Reunited took on the previously unbeaten Portishead Blackbeards and triumphed by just one point.
Clevedon Royals Reunited 22
Portishead Blackbeards 21
CLEVEDON Royals Reunited took on the previously unbeaten Portishead Blackbeards and triumphed by just one point.
In what was always going to be a close match, Royals made a confident start with centre court players Hughes and Welch taking valuable interceptions and linking well to ensure a fast break on turnover ball.
Defenders Butler and Clarke kept the strong Portishead attack at bay, minimising their scoring opportunities and clearing the ball efficiently.
In an end-to-end, low scoring Division 1 match, Royals went into the last quarter one goal down, but with five minutes left on the clock, the Royals defence secured turnover ball and while the shooting pairing had struggled all match to convert against a strong Portishead defence, they scored when it mattered and ended the game with a 22-21 victory.
Captain Jenkins although very pleased with the result, said there was still a lot of work to do for Royals in the challenge for the Division 1 title. Player of the match went to Clarke.
Royals United 39
ROYALS United faced Weston and having previously lost to them earlier in the year, were anxious to come away with a win to keep themselves in promotion territory.
A tall and well-drilled Weston tried hard in the first quarter to put their stamp on the game, but this time Royals’ new defensive tactic worked well to keep them at bay.
Player of the match Hambley (GK) intercepted regularly and played well with Giles to clear the ball and feed a speedy attack. Lochrie was particularly accurate, converting many opportunities to help United lead from the first whistle and by half-time Royals had earned a 12 goal lead.
In what captain Burroughs described as their best game so far, United continued to work well up the court and continued to secure turnover ball in defence, with Burroughs, Lochrie and Thie again working well in attacking play.
The result was never in doubt and thanks to outstanding support from Morris and Fowler from the bench, Royals kept focussed to end the game 39-19.
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