NETBALL REPORT: Thoroughbreds 36 Hartlepool Oaksway 80

GREAT GAME: Oaksway's Natasha Hampshire
GREAT GAME: Oaksway's Natasha Hampshire

OAKSWAY hit record form for the second successive Sunday to take another significant step closer to Premier League safety.

The Hartlepool side moved out of the relegation zone when they hammered main rivals New Cambell 54-14 at Brierton Community Sports Centre last week.

And after inflicting a record low total on the Essex girls, Oaksway registered their biggest top-flight score when they won 80-36 at bottom club Thoroughbreds on Sunday.

Building on the previous week’s result, everything clicked into place for Barbara Brown’s side in Norwich.

With New Cambell losing 43-33 at the Downs at the weekend, the Poolies now hold a six-point advantage over the bottom three with just three matches left.

It was a brilliant performance from Oaksway, who face title favourites Oldham next at Brierton a week on Sunday.

“I can’t praise the girls enough,” Brown told SportMail.

“We are six points above the bottom three now and two wins will probably do it.

“Oldham is going to be really hard but our young side are playing very well and they have got to believe they can do it.

“I just want to see the girls keep this going.

“The spirit was good after we beat New Cambell when we played well in patches.

“But on Sunday everything came together brilliantly.

“Even though Thoroughbreds are bottom and had not won a game, we were taking nothing for granted.

“They have a giant goal attack and very tall goal shooter and we knew if we gave them a chance they could be dangerous.

“But the girls were switched on and we were good all over the court.”

Brown sent out the same side who started against New Cambell and the magnificent seven of Leah Kennedy, Sarah Penny, Vicky Percy, Natasha Hampshire, Vicky Burgess, Debbie Percy and Kayleigh Moss did not disappoint.

Defensively, Oaksway were excellent and with superb centre Hampshire making an amazing 10 interceptions in the first quarter, the away attack made full use of all the turnover ball.

Kayleigh Moss finished well up top and such was the scoring sequence, Oaksway had 35 on the board by half-time.

And, after being implored by Brown to push on, Oaksway, boosted by subs Sally Smith and Toetsie Kambatuku, making a welcome return to the squad, kicked on.

There was also a good debut from Aussie star Georgia Beaton, who came on at goal defence in the second half.

The former Adelaide Thunderbirds defender has joined National Super League side Team Northumbria, prompting Brown to snap her up for Oaksway.

“I thought we’d gone through the motions a little bit against New Cambell,” Brown explained.

“It had been that easy that it’s sometimes hard not to switch off.

“But on Sunday we said ‘no going through the motions, let’s keep it going’.

“We moved the ball about beautifully.

“We played really well through to the end and I think that’s probably the highest score we’ve ever had.”

Oaksway: Leah Kennedy, Sarah Penny, Vicky Percy, Natasha Hampshire, Vicky Burgess, Debbie Percy, Kayleigh Moss. Subs used: Georgia Beaton, Sally Smith, Toetsie Kambatuku