Manchester Thunder fight hard to beat Team Bath 43 vs 37
Manchester Thunder booked themselves a place in Saturday’s Grand Final with a fantastic 43-37 win in front of a sell-out home crowd.
The Manchester Thunderdome was rocking as the first live semi-final got underway. In a tentative start for both teams it was goal for goal until Thunder wing attack Beth Cobden was deemed to be out of court. It was a turning point in the first quarter as it allowed Bath two goals in a row and they built an early lead going into the first quarter break 14-11 to the good.
The second quarter saw several unforced errors from both teams, and plenty of contact calls that really made it a scrappy quarter. Thunder struggled to get the ball into shooters Krista Enziano and Helen Housby who were closely marked by the experienced Bath pairing of Billy Pritchard and Stacey Francis. Thunder managed to hold their own aided by interceptions from Kerry Almond and Sara Bayman, with seconds to go Enziano missed the opportunity for Thunder to claw a goal back and they and drew the quarter. At half time the deficit was still three at 24-21 to Team Bath.
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