Angels and Falcons prove inseparable in stirring tie
TITLE hopefuls Totem Angels and Plymouth Marjon Falcons fought out a stirring draw at the Life Centre.
But the 38-38 tie between second-placed Totem and third-placed Falcons allowed perennial title-holders Plymouth Pilgrims to inch ever closer to their 22nd consecutive league championship.
Pilgrims, top of Plymouth and District Netball League's Premier A division, now have a seven-point cushion from Angels, who themselves are three points ahead of Falcons.
A match which didn't do anybody but the Pilgrims any good in terms of a result, however, was a massive treat for spectators.
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Angels, last year's runners-up to Pilgrims, dominated the first two quarters with some great interlinking play between the attacking quartet of Louise Dowd, Sharon Grigg, Lily Tempro-Lewis and Nikki Millings.
Angels' domination gave them an impressive 24-15 lead at the break, when they decided to keep the screws on their opponents and try to stretch their lead.
Falcons shuffled their pack at the interval and they took to the court with a renewed purpose. Angels' third quarter was not their best and Falcons chipped away at the lead, with the former unable to provide much in the way of answers to Marjon attackers like Danielle Richie.
Angels defended well with McKinley, Harvey and Cassidy working hard to turn the ball over, but their attack was unable to make the most of their colleagues' interceptions.
Falcons, by contrast, pulled back Angels' goal advantage and went 27-25 ahead going into the game's final quarter.
Angels made their own changes in the fourth quarter, bringing Broughton on at wing defence with Dowd moving out of centre to make way for Cassidy.
Angels had to dig deep and convert every goal-scoring opportunity to keep themselves in the game.
However, while Angels won the last quarter 12-11, it was not quite enough to take the match, with both teams having to settle for a tie.
Pilgrims, meanwhile, dissected University I 44-8.
In Premier B, Tamarside Coast maintained their eight-game unbeaten streak to go top of the table.
Tamarside squeaked past Plymouth Marjon Eagles 28-26 to go a point clear of Team Alpha.
Eagles remain in fifth place.