Kent is the star as UEL girls bounce back

PUBLISHED: 15:02 10 December 2015 | UPDATED: 15:02 10 December 2015

UEL netball team

UEL netball team


UEL inflict first defeat on Surrey side

UEL’s netball team handed a gallant Creative Arts Surrey team their first league defeat of the season in the BUCS South Eastern 11A Division, at SportsDock on Wednesday.

UEL’s Goal-Shooter, Nat Kent was in clinical form as the home team pulled off a 14-6 win, bouncing back well from last week’s loss to Queen Mary’s.

Surrey got off to a sharp start when a lapse in defensive communication inside the first minute resulted in the home team conceding.

However, UEL settled down and managed to string some good passes together in the middle of the court which eventually led to a 2-1 lead at the end of the first quarter.

UEL stretched their lead in the seconds thanks to some great finishing by Kent and Nat Jones to top off some well worked attacks from the back, making it 5-2 to UEL.

The Surrey girls battled hard in the third quarter, where at this point there were some tired legs from both teams, a result of the high work rate on display.

They managed to get a couple of points back by throwing caution to the wind, but as a result of their attacking style, they were caught on the counter, where UEL stretched their lead to 9-4.

Goalkeeper, Ellie Clarke, was on great defensive form in the last stanza, blocking and intercepting opportunity after opportunity where UEL stretched their lead to 14-6 with substitute, Sarah Wilson adding to the tally.

At the end it was a well-earned 14-6 win for the home team.

UEL’s Sarah Wilson, who was sidelined due to a rotation policy, spoke on the team’s improvement over the last few weeks.

“I think they’ve played really well. They are thinking a bit more now and logically under pressure,” she said. “The defence is much better too.”

UEL will now have a break over Christmas and return with their next league game against St Mary’s University on February 10 at Sports Dock.

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