Rebuilt Pilgrims enjoy solid win over Team Bath
TOP city netball outfit Plymouth Pilgrims edged to within five points of the Regional One top spot with a gritty win over Team Bath A.
Pilgrims saw off a strong Bath side – who included a former England international in their line-up – 47-39.
Pilgrims' head coach Sadie Burt, however, insisted the rebuilding team was keeping their feet on the ground.
She said: "We're not getting too excited about it, but it's always pleasing to beat Team Bath, particularly as they had a former England player appearing for them."
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Pilgrims are rebuilding after the loss of key players from last season.
The city side are more used to being in the top four of Regional One, but spent a short time hovering around the basement end of the table.
Attacker Carla Johnson, who has returned to Pilgrims from city rivals Marjon, received a mention in dispatches from Burt for having a particularly good game.
Defender Becca Priest put in a good shift and Pilgrims were also boosted by the return of dynamic centre-courter Becky Lawrence, who had been missing for last weekend's 47-42 defeat at Galmington.
The win moves Pilgrims into a strong fourth place and Burt said: "I think what has been really good about this season is that we've been able to play the youngsters.
"We've also been looking at different styles of play because of different players coming in from different clubs.
"It's making us think, but it's also showing us that we can still challenge."
Plymouth Marjon also put themselves in range of the leaders in Regional Two, but stay sixth.
Marjon, who are regrouping following last season's relegation from Regional One, are only six points behind table-toppers Exeter after beating Bournemouth 46-20.
The win followed up a 41-33 victory over Team Bath B last weekend.
Marjon are one of five teams chasing Exeter.