Berwick Ladies Netball 30-27 Bedlington

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A well deserved home win for Berwick 30-27 against Bedlington. The last time they played Bedlington they came away with a draw, this time they wanted the win.

Berwick were missing key centre player Claire Tuck on Thursday night but captain Johnson stepped up to the mark, but she had her work cut out against the fast and agile Bedlington centre.

The visitors settled into their game quicker than Berwick and took control in the first five minutes with a three goal lead. Berwick seemed to struggle to find composure and space on court was an issue. As the first quarter was finishing Berwick got their act together and the shooting duo of Gray (GA) and Black (GS) worked there magic in the circle with the score at 7-8.

Despite being a goal behind, the defensive partnership of Lawrence (GK) and Welsh (GD) started to dominate the circle

The ball changed hands at a rate of knots, Moody(WA) and Johnson (C) were gelling together finding more space on court, bringing Bedlington players to a state of confusion, although it was still a closely contested affair.

In the third quarter, captain Johnson adjusted the ranks. Thomson in attack, Jackson and Ingram in defence joining Runciman to form a formidable trio.

The final quarter started 22-22. Johnson went for a risky change over in the attacking position, bringing Black back on to (WA). A brand new partnership had to be formed to make this a win for Berwick and it paid off.

Jackson and Runciman battled in the defence circle retrieving loose balls from Bedlington errors, allowing Berwick’s attackers to bring the ball down court to Thomson (GS) and Gray (GA)to net.

For the final two minutes Berwick managed to retain possession and they held out for a deserved victory.