Netball: Castle get harried in race for title
HARRIERS A closed the gap at the top of Division One to five points as they try to end Newcastle Town's dominance of Potteries netball.
Newcastle have won the Stoke-on-Trent Winter League for the past five seasons and sit top with a 100 per cent record with five games to go this time around too.
But Harriers ensured they will not be celebrating just yet by beating Town's B side 27-20.
They meet Newcastle in a title showdown on Monday, March 25, although Harriers have played a game more.
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Tean Valley 1 leapfrogged Castle B side into third by beating Clearways 35-26. Clearways stay seventh, with an 18-point gap between them and sixth-placed Moths A.
Team Spirit 1 lead the charge at the top of Division Two, picking up their 12th win in 14 games – a 16-0 success over Sportscene.
North Staffs A nudged towards the front of a tightly-packed mid-table by beating bottom side Royal Mail 53-23.
Dicksons won 42-22 against Newcastle Town C to climb to fifth, with third-placed Town C missing a chance to bridge the gap on second-placed La Farge.
Queensberry picked up their sixth win on the trot to stay clear in Division Three.
The table-toppers, who have not been beaten since Tean Valley 3 got the better of them in November, saw off North Staffs B 35-25.
NEWCASTLE Town can climb to third in the West Midlands Regional League if they can claim a fifth consecutive win.
Castle beat bottom side Elmdon 45-28 last weekend to keep themselves in fourth place in the regional first division.
Now they take on third-placed Tibberton Star, who only sit one point better off in the table, although Parkside and Saracens are a further 16 and 13 points ahead respectively.
Castle are out for revenge, having lost 40-38 to Star when the teams last clashed back in November.