Coast swamp Eagles to keep their unbeaten tag
PREMIER B leaders Tamarside Coast are unbeaten in an astonishing 10 games after a 20-goal victory over Marjon Eagles
Coast's convincing 36-16 win gave the city side a six-point cushion from second-place Bar Mez, who moved up the table after beating basement team University III 41-12.
Coast and Eagles were eager to get stuck into the opening game of the second half of the season and both turned over each other's first two centre passes.
But Coast went up a gear and stormed ahead thanks to the scoring prowess of Michelle Davis and Rebecca Moore.
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Eagles were 13-3 down in the first quarter, but launched a series of attacks but were closed down by Coast defenders Onuora Wright and Vicky Ware.
Tamarside's Rebecca Milbourn and Carly Roberts, who belong to sister team Sirens, supplied the bullets for shooters Davis and Moore to give Coast a 22-10 lead at half-time.
The third quarter saw Ware and Lorna Rose put up a formidable barrier against Eagles' attack, while Wright's positional play allowed her to steal five passes.
Coast led 31-14 by the end of the third quarter, but Eagles came out stronger in the last 15 minutes and went for two losing bonus points.
They restricted the rampant Coast attackers to five goals, but their opponents' dogged centre-courters prevented them from scoring enough goals to get their losing bonus. Moore's effective contribution in Coast's shooting circle ended when she had to leave the court with an eye injury with 10 minutes left.
That left the leaders with just one recognised shooter, so Milbourn moved from centre into the vacant goal attack position, with Roberts taking her place.
Milbourn, unhappily, damaged her ankle with 30 seconds left, but Coast still cruised to a five-point win and keep their unbeaten tag.
Coast are next in action on Monday against seventh-place Plymouth CSSA at the Life Centre.
Elsewhere in Premier B, Plymouth Pilgrims II moved within hailing distance of the top two promotion places by beating fourth-placed Team Alpha 22-15.
The win moved Pilgrims up to fifth, a point behind Alpha and six points shy of second-place Bar Mez.
They can start to mount a serious promotion drive if they defeat third-place Sharpserv on Monday night.
Meanwhile, in Division One, Anixter and Dynamite D&C recorded a 23-23 draw.
The battle of the mid-table teams saw Anixter struggle to shrug off the effects of their two-week Christmas break.
But shooters Suzie Carroll and Jodie Pearn got their team going to give their side a first-quarter lead.
They kept their lead in the second quarter, with the defensive trio of Karen York, Lisa Ellis and Amy Roper working hard to turn the ball over, but Dynamite picked up the pace and closed the gap between the two teams.
Anixter made changes at half time, swapping wing attack Sam Harrison and centre Jo Aitken .
Dynamite's defence stood firm and made it difficult for Anixter to feed the ball into the shooting circle and the game ended all square.