Oaksway title hopes suffer blow

Oaksway star Olivia Mason in action during the game against Premier League Hucclecote at Brierton Sports Centre
Oaksway star Olivia Mason in action during the game against Premier League Hucclecote at Brierton Sports Centre

INJURY-ravaged Oaksway saw their title hopes dashed as Premier League leaders Hucclecote left Hartlepool with a 50-41 victory.

The Pools girls lost three key players in the build up to the game – Natalie Connor suffering an ankle injury, Melissa Storey going down with a chest infection and Jill Foreman breaking two fingers in her right hand.

That left Oaksway with just nine fit players for the visit of the title favourites, and despite a spirited showing, Hucclecote proved too strong as they eased nine points clear in the final quarter.

Goal shooter Emma Lower went down with a knee problem during the game but soldiered on after treatment

“The injuries didn’t help I must admit,” said broken-finger victim Foreman.

“Even still we started quite well and were only trailing by four points at half-time.

“We let things slip a bit as the game went into the final quarter and it was our own errors in not converting our turnovers which cost us.

“But they were on a mission to win the league and they’re a very good side.

“That’s our title hopes gone now but we’re still determined to finish the season strongly because that gives us a platform for next year.”

Foreman, though, said there were plenty of positives to take from the performance, not least the display of teenage goal-keeper Leah Kennedy and teenage goal-shooter Olivia Mason.

“It’s very difficult being a young goal-keeper but Leah was fantastic,” added Foreman, “Especially considering she was up against an up-and-coming England goal-shooter.

“Olivia was probably our man of the match as well.

“They targeted our tall goal-shooter Emma Lower and that freed Olivia up a bit.

“We also had Claire Brown playing who is just 15 years old and that’s great experience for her.”

Oaksway have a free weekend coming up before travelling to Leyton a week on Sunday, when they will be looking to complete the double over the Londoners.

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