NETBALL: One beat two as the all-Bowlers Arms clash saw the second string go down 46-38 to the first team in their Steiner Premier Division relegation battle.
Bowlers II had started well with two successive turnovers giving them an early three-goal lead which Laura Byrne and Helen Knowles sustained, and although the ones got back on terms during the second quarter, Bowlers II were back in front at the halfway stage.
But the ones began to take control in the next session with accurate feeding from wing attack Karen Dimond and centre and best player Nicky Young giving front pair Julia Eatwell and Lavinia Tuckfield the chances to send their side surging into a 12-goal lead going into the final quarter.
Bowlers II began that quarter with another burst of turnovers but it was too late to make a difference, despite a best player display from goal defence Adele Brickley.
PCFS began their year with a 52-14 win over bottom of the table Newbury 4x4 Centre II.
They stormed into a 15-4 opening quarter lead and although 4x4 rallied with good defensive work from Rachel Simpkin and Hannah Saunders and support from guest player Emma Trincas, they could not hold back PCFS’s shooting duo of Gemma White and Chloe Reschwamm as they built a 27-7 half-time lead.
An injury in the third quarter to centre Ali Hartwell forced 4x4 into a reshuffle with Emma Trincas moving to her preferred position of wing attack and Debbie Goddard to centre, and once they settled, they rallied in the final quarter without getting close to a bonus point.
The best players were Emma Trincas and PCFS goal defence Nancy Leadley.
Robinson Foods LLP started the year with a much-needed 42-36 win over Jets Xtra that keeps them away from the drop zone.
Xtra got off to a flying start with Nikki Manwaring and Morag Bell on form as they established an 11-9 leaded before Robinson got back on terms in the next quarter and with defensive duo Hayley Green and Nikki Archer keeping things tight, they edged into a three goal lead they doubled in the final quarter.
The best players were the respective wing defences Stacey Morris and Caroline Robinson.