Premier League netball: Oldham 56 Hartlepool Oaksway 31

GREAT GAME: Oaksway shooter Kayleigh Moss
GREAT GAME: Oaksway shooter Kayleigh Moss

OAKSWAY are looking to bounce back from a heavy defeat at champions Oldham this Sunday when they play host to Team Bath.

Barbara Brown’s team endured a tough afternoon at Oldham, going down 56-31 in Lancashire.

But Oaksway were far from disheartened with their display and are looking ahead to their match with the fourth-placed Toucans this Sunday at Brierton Sports Centre (start 1pm).

Player-coach Jill Foreman told SportMail: “It’s a vital game and we’ll be up for it.

“We’re fourth bottom at the moment and we need the points.

“We’ll be looking for a big support and if we get that and put in a good performance, hopefully we can get the points.”

Oaksway were not disgraced at Oldham whose firepower allied to their defensive solidity made it a near-impossible job.

The Hartlepool girls had got off to a sensational start and with goalshooter Kayleigh Moss finding the net, they raced into a 6-1 lead.

However, Oldham soon got their game together, scoring on a consistent basis while their defence, featuring two England stars, proved too difficult to break down.

Moss impressed in attack while sub Leah Kennedy shone in defence after coming on as a sub.

Foreman added: “Ultimately, we were not too discouraged by the performance.

“Oldham are such a quick team, they play with such speed and accuracy.

“We made a great start, but once they settled they made it hard for us.

“Everyone who went onto the court put in good displays but Oldham are up at the top of the league for a reason, they are a very strong outfit.

“We struggled a bit against their defence, which is world-class.

“But we were quite encouraged by the displays of our youngsters, who are the future of the club.

“We got three of our young players on from the subs bench, Claire Brown, Rebecca Neill and Leah Kennedy, who all did well.”

Oaksway (v Oldham): Sarah Penny, Natalie Connor, Sally Smith, Natasha Hampshire, Vicky Burgess, Debbie Percy, Kayleigh Moss. Subs used: Toetsie Kambatuku, Claire Brown, Rebecca Neill, Leah Kennedy