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Purple patch helps Marshalls to big win

PUBLISHED: 11:00 17 March 2017

Marshalls Purple face the camera

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Attackers impress in latest Essex Met League outing

Action from Essex Open D's clash with MarshallsAction from Essex Open D's clash with Marshalls

Marshalls Purple produced a strong attacking performance to romp to a 75-33 win over Aeonians in their Essex Met League Division One meeting at the weekend.

They took charge from the start to open up a 19-9 lead and maintained the momentum in the second quarter, as Sarah Braiden, Jo Cook, Shauna Butterworth and Talissa Haynes intercepted a string of passes.

Six foot three inch shooter Steffi Burt converted a host of chances as the gap grew to 39-18, with Stacey Wade giving support as Marshalls moved 57-25 up in the third quarter.

Dani Mugridge paired up with Jodie Pearce in defence in the final period, holding Aeonians to just eight goals, as Butterworth and Wade took the awards for Marshalls.

Marshalls Yellow lost 61-40 to table-topping Romford in their Division Two derby, after a poor third quarter display.

Trailing by just five goals at half time, after Alice Grimwood and Hannah Monk scored well, they were outscored 23-2 after the restart to go 47-31 down.

Emma Driver, Liz Hegarty and Carolyn Kazail were put under huge pressure in mid-court, while Kirsty Herbert and Laura Burling found it hard to contain Romford’s tall shooter as the gap grew wider.

Monk, Herbert and Burling took the awards for Marshalls.

Marshalls Red claimed a 49-44 win over Oakwood, coming from behind after the first quarter.

Danielle Thomas and Katie Weaver worked hard to limit the Oakwood shooters, as Elle Cruse and Chim Painter scored well at the other end.

And Scarlett Jacks, Carlie Griggs and Georgia Mellor worked hard in mid-court, as Cruse, Painter and Thomas took the awards.

Marshalls White were beaten 54-24 by high-flying Essex Open D in Division Five, but coaches player Amy Woods, Lucy Stubbs and Lorna Newcombe worked hard throughout.

Josie East and player of the match Louise Banham-Scott were under pressure in attack, but Katie Weaver and Lisa Cummings battled on to the finish.

Marshalls Black made a slow start against Leyton C, but player of the match Ed Butterwortth and Becky Higginson launched a fightback.

Leyton led 11-5 at the first break and 20-11 at half time and, although Charlotte Higginson, Aimee Millie and Tamara Parkes worked hard in defence for Marshalls, went on to win by a 38-24 margin.

But there was better news for Marshalls Gold, who beat New Cambell Orange 54-21.

The youngsters started well as Jennifer Comrie and player of the match Usha Ahmed applied pressure to limit Cambell to four goals in the first quarter.

Mid-court quartet Georgia Thorpe-Chamberlain, Erika Whelan-Smythe, Florence Parkinson and Hannah Gillings chased loose passes to force errors and make it 28-10, and Chim Painter and Jess Empson kept the scoreboard ticking over to widen the gap to 29 at the final break.

Marshalls Silver put up a fight against Division 10 leaders Romford G, as player of the match Molly Curling and fellow youngsters Erin Hancock and Grace Roberts battled throughout.

Roxy Brown and Ellie Luxton worked tirelessly to keep Romford’s shooters on their toes, while Jess Smith and Painter slotted their fair share of goals in a 54-38 loss.

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