Team Bath suffered a fourth straight Superleague Netball defeat after losing a tight encounter 54-51 to Yorkshire Jets. The blue and golds had lost both of their home games in the season to date, but were hoping to turn around their fortunes against another top four rival in front of another packed crowd in the STV.
However, the home side got off to the worst possible start with Yorkshire Goal Shooter Lottysha Cato propelling them into an early 10-0 lead. A shocked Bath responded with three goals of their own, but the gap between the two sides stayed at seven until the end of the first quarter with Yorkshire holding a 17-10 lead. The home side brought on all five of their substitutes at the start of the second quarter and the fresh legs saw Bath quickly reduce the deficit to 18-14. Goal Shooter Rosie Allison was in the thick of the action, scoring most of Bath’s points but also missing other opportunities to narrow the gap further. The home side continued to have the upper hand though and the attacking trio of Allison, Shaunagh Craig, and Mia Ritchie helped reduce the gap further to leave the half-time score at 25-23.
Team Bath made another 3 changes at the interval with Samantha Cook, Stacey Jayne Francis and captain Asha Francis re-entering court and the home side scored three quick goals to lead 26-25. This was to be the only time they were ahead in the match though and Yorkshire immediately responded, moving into a 34-30 lead. Bath once again fought their way back to level the scores at 35-35, but in an intriguing third quarter it was the away side who finished the stronger, opening up a 42-37 lead to take into the final 15 minutes.
Both sides traded scores in the final quarter and with less than 5 minutes remaining the gap still stood at four. With time running out, Bath found two unanswered goals to trail 52-50, but Cato finished where she started, scoring another two goals to extend the visitors lead to 54-50 with just 45 seconds remaining on the clock. Allison scored a late consolation goal to leave the final score at 54-51, but it was a disappointing defeat for Team Bath who remain second bottom in the Superleague table with all other franchises still to play their round 5 fixtures.
Bath’s next game is against the Celtic Dragons on February 28 with their next home fixture at the STV on Friday 6 March against Loughborough. The team will be looking to record their first home victory of the season in this encounter and tickets are available from the Team Bath website http://www.teambath.com/events/ticketline/.