OAKSWAY had to show some “northern grit” to overcome the physical challenge of The Downs as they recorded an all-important 47-40 victory.
The win takes the Hartlepool girls above their southern counterparts in the Premier 1 table in what was their penultimate game of 2011.
They were in control from the off at Brierton Community Sports Centre and finished each quarter with their noses in front.
But centre Jill Foreman admits it took an inspirational team talk from coach Barbara Brown to spur them to victory.
“When they walked in and we saw the size of their players we thought ‘oh God’,” she told SportMail.
“They were a very big team and we had to raise the physical side of our game.
“Barbara said in her team talk that we had to show some northern grit and that’s what we did.
“They had a very physical approach and their goalkeeper was warned on a couple of occasions by the referee for blatant contact.
“Emma Lower, our goal shooter, had to put in a big performance because she was being really bullied by their defenders.
“But she did excellently and top scored for us and we were always in control really.
“Sarah Penny was our star player for the second week running and she turned over the ball brilliantly.
“Vicky Phillips was very good with her long-range shooting and it was an all-round excellent performance.”
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