NETBALL REPORT: Hartlepool Oaksway 59 Viper 10 Blades 39

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Oaksway star Natasha Hampshire (right). Picture by TOM COLLINS
IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Oaksway star Natasha Hampshire (right). Picture by TOM COLLINS

OAKSWAY gave their Premier League survival hopes a major shot in the arm with a brilliant home win over Viper10 Blades.

The destination of the points in Sunday’s basement battle was vital and Barbara Brown’s team beat the Hampshire-based outfit 59-39.

The Hartlepool girls are by no means safe – they remain level on points with third-bottom New Cambell who crushed Thoroughbreds 80-48 – but they appear to be heading in the right direction ahead of a rip to fifth-placed Leeds a week on Sunday.

Coach Jill Foreman told SportMail: “It was a really good performance and one we very much needed.

“It was a really good effort from the whole squad.

“We’d obviously had the break over Christmas buit the girls were strong from the first whistle.

“There were a couple of little wobbles during the game but overall, the team were excellent.

“Unfortunately, the other results didn’t really go our way, but we’re fourth bottom now and out of the relegation zone.

“We have this weekend free but we’ll go to Leeds and look to get something from that game.”

Oaksway were never in any danger at Brierton Community Sports Centre as they pulled off their first double of the season.

The home side, with teenage forward Kayleigh Moss in inspired form at goal-shooter, won every quarter, not looking back after taking the opening session comfortably, 16-5.

Blades were no mugs but they could not get past the formidable figure of goalkeeper and player of the match, Leah Kennedy, another of the club’s teenage talent.

“Leah and Kayleigh are both only 19 but they produced great performances,” added Foreman.

“Debbie Percy, who’s a little bit older, gave Kayleigh great support.

“But all the players deserve praise for a very good game.”

Oaksway: Leah Kennedy, Sarah Penney, Sally Smith, Natasha Hampshire, Vicky Burgess, Debbie Percy, Kayleigh Moss. Sub used: Vicky Percy