Netball: Melton Marvels battle to county league wins

Melton Marvels have won three straight promotions in the Leicester Winter League EMN-180210-190343002
Melton Marvels have won three straight promotions in the Leicester Winter League EMN-180210-190343002
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Melton Marvels were in action last Tuesday in the Leicestershire Netball League at Soar Valley.

Marvels Firsts gained early control and momentum against Knighton Seconds with a small lead in both the first two quarters.

Melton’s defence turned over numerous balls and frustrated Knighton into mistakes.

The third quarter saw both teams swap a few positions and Knighton managed to get the upper hand to draw level at 25-all going into the final quarter.

But the Marvel shooters were on great form as the team dug deep to secure a 33-30 win.

The second team was involved in a friendly and equally competitive game, and made a great start with a three-goal lead after the first quarter.

The momentum continued in the second and third quarters as great passing and fantastic interceptions allowed Melton to take a nine-goal lead into the final quarter. Their opponents began to pull it back, but the Marvels dug deep and hung on for a 28-24 victory.

* Marvels 3 played the week before in a tough physical game which forced various changes throughout the four quarters.

Uncertainty and inaccurate passing saw Melton eight adrift at the first quarter.

But a positive team talk and a change to short, sharp passing saw Marvels cut the deficit to four at half-time.

They maintained the momentum and drew within two goals before eventually losing out 33-29.

With most of the team having to play out of position, Marvels took some positives from the game, particularly as to where players are best suited.