Netball: Diamonds hold their nerve to seal victory
DIAMONDS closed the gap at the top of the Stafford YLC League Division One to six points with a nail-biting victory over Touchstone Lighting.
The second-placed side, who have two games in hand on leaders Stafford Ladies, took control of the match by dominating possession in the first quarter of what turned out to be an absorbing encounter.
However, strong shooting and a player-of-the-match performance from goalkeeper Heather Stone saw Touchstone get back into contention.
Diamonds maintained a three-goal lead until the last quarter, thanks in large to great play from their player-of-match, centre Chette Dicesare-Clayton.
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Touchstone fought back to level and it was end-to-end goals until the dying seconds, when Diamonds clinched a thrilling 32-31 win.
Bluebelles A ran out 31-25 winners over Sapphires to climb to seventh. The defeat saw Sapphires drop to eighth place.
Wing attack Helen Skelton was in fine form to hold the centre court for the Belles, helping her side overcome some sterling rearguard work from Sapphires goal defence Georgia Stanway.
Kingfisher Gems are in sixth following an impressive 33-21 victory over fourth-placed Saints Juniors.
Gems built a lead thanks in large to fine work from wing attack Katie Bodette before Saints goal attack Lucy Munday helped to start turning the tide with some excellent play.
The last quarter was all Gems, however, and that strong finish to the match has pushed them ever closer to establishing themselves in the top half of the table.
FMS Phoenix are in a command at the top of Division Two thanks to a 17-10 win over Emeralds.
Neither side was giving anything away in the early stages, but goal shooter Julia Smith eventually helped the league leaders pull away to cement their place.
Bluebelles B beat Rubies 33-26 with some stellar shooting from Ali Smith while third-placed Spittal Brook won 31-24 against fourth-placed All Stars.