The UEL Netball Second Team in action against King's College Seventh Team

UEL Women’s Netball Second Team earned themselves a crucial point in their second South Eastern 10B League game, after they drew 19-19 against King’s College Seventh Team at the SportsDock on Wednesday.

It was a highly contested game with quality shown in both the attack and defence, but at the end of the game it was honours even with UEL netball player, Natalie Jones praising the team’s character after coming from behind to draw level in the final quarter.

“I think it’s a fair result. We slacked a little bit in the first quarter I’d say, but then we brought it back more and more and in the last quarter to end on 19-19 I think is a really good result,” she said.

Early Pressure

UEL got the game underway, but almost straight away, were being put under pressure by their opponents. King’s College took advantage of their attacking ability and took an early 0-2 lead.

UEL started to come into the game, but had few chances to score and by the end of the first quarter, King’s College were leading 3-7.

King’s then continued the second quarter from where they left the first, as they scored another point seconds after the whistle increasing their lead, 3-8.

On the counter attack King’s College looked very strong, as the UEL players struggled to keep up with their speed on the break.

King’s College went on to continue dominating the second quarter and by half-time they had a five-point advantage over the hosts.

Going in at half-time UEL trailed 7-13, and it looked like they had a mountain to climb in the final two quarters.

The third quarter didn’t see much improvement from UEL, as they continued to struggle when it came to shooting, and King’s College capitalised.

Despite UEL’s best efforts at defending, King’s College proved to be more ruthless in front of the net, and going into the final quarter King’s College were leading 10-17.

Turnaround

In the final quarter, UEL suddenly turned a corner and became the much better of the two sides. Starting the final quarter seven points down, UEL turned on the style in front of the net and with almost every opportunity in front of the net, UEL were scoring.

However, it proved to be too much for UEL to get all three points, but they remain unbeaten in the BUCS South Eastern 10B League in second and on four points.

Next Time Out

UEL now face another home tie to University Campus Suffolk First Team on Wednesday 25th October. Speaking ahead of their upcoming game, Jones was optimistic and mentioned how the side were improving.

“To be fair, we’re just getting better and better in every training session and every game. We’re going to go in to the game with a strong and positive head,” she said.


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