ZEO Netball Superleague: Team Northumbria pile misery on Loughborough Lightning

Last Updated: 30/03/14 10:39am

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Reaction from Northumbria's win over Loughborough Lightning at Sport Central in the Netball Superleague.

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Team Northumbria ended a run of six games without a win by beating the ZEO Superleague's bottom side Loughborough Lightning 68-40 on Friday.

Shooter Noleen Lennon was in fine form for Northumbria, who raced out to a 15-5 lead in the opening quarter and never looked back.

The Lightning have now lost all of their 11 matches this season and they contributed to their latest downfall with a total of 42 turnovers.

Northumbria led 37-18 at half-time and it was a similar story in the second half at Sport Central in Newcastle as the home side's advantage grew to 56-29 through three quarters before they comfortably closed out the victory.

Lennon earned player-of-the-match honours for her dominant day in the circle, Northumbria finishing with a 73 per cent shooting percentage (68/92)

Improvement

"Our attack performance was considerably better than in recent weeks. That was really pleasing," said Northumbria head coach Kate Carpenter, whose team move up a place to sixth in the league table.

"We're still building and refining (our tactics) and will look to continue that in the next three games."

Also on Friday, third-placed Team Bath were held to a 49-49 draw by Hertfordshire Mavericks, while Yorkshire Jets went down 50-49 at home to Manchester Thunder.

The Thunder's eighth win in 11 matches sees them close within a point of league leaders Surrey Storm, who have a game in hand at home to Celtic Dragons on Saturday.

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