Plymouth Storm to the top following victory over Gloucester Blazers
PLYMOUTH Storm comfortably defeated visiting Gloucester Blazers and took over the leadership of Division Three South of the British Wheelchair 2012/13 campaign.
Storm's 50-33 victory at Brickfields sports hall has given the newly-established city team a one-point lead over former front-runners Lewisham Thunder.
Lewisham entertain Storm in the city team's next scheduled league fixture on April 13. The Plymouth-Gloucester match was the only one played at the weekend.
Player-captain Aaron Blyth-Palk was justifiably 'very pleased' with Storm's performance and winning score-line, and, of course, the top-place status, however temporary.
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Blyth-Palk said: "I think we thoroughly deserved the win and yes it's very nice to be top even if it's probably only going to be for a short while.
"Ours was the only game on Sunday, so the two best teams in the league, in my opinion, Aces and Lewisham weren't playing.
"But the main objective was to win and that we did.
"And we weren't at full strength as one of our best players Josh Steels was unavailable due to his tennis commitments elsewhere.
"The only time Gloucester were close to us score-wise was in the early part of the first quarter but after that we pulled away and I thought were comfortable.
"The team did brilliantly in the third and put the game to bed, really, so I was able to give a run-out to players who haven't had too many opportunities this season."
Plymouth had led throughout the entertaining tie, taking the first quarter 14-8 and going in at the halfway stage 26-18.
Storm, though, found top gear in the third quarter, stretching their lead to 46-26 at the end of that period, leaving Blyth-Palk with the pleasant task of giving his fringe players court-time in the fourth.
Even without wheelchair tennis international Steels for the visit of Blazers, they still claimed a 17-point margin victory.
Darron Evans top-scored for Storm with 20 points, ably-supported by fellow guard Daley Colmer, who was next best for the hosts on 16.