Furniture polishing off challengers in title bid

Cockfield B
Cockfield B

WALSHAM Fine Furniture are marching to the West Suffolk Netball League Division Five title at an average just shy of 50 goals a game.

They have netted a total of 196 times on their way to winning all four of their opening fixtures this campaign, the latest a 57-5 defeat of Thetford C with Tammi Hubbard and Leanne Bailey on fine form.

Everybody else trails in their wake with Haverhill C beating Phoenix Flames II 27-13 and Priors C seeing off Camvac 17-15 in week four’s other Division Five fixtures.

A powercut threatened to derail Suffolk Police’s bid for a fourth consecutive win in Division One, but they remained calm to beat Moreton Hall B 50-45 with Leah Webster and Amy Hutton named players of the week for the second match in a row for their shooting skills and ability to control the area.

Thetford A leaped to the top of the table though after being awarded a 60-0 win in the absence of opponents Haverhill, who failed to turn up due to a misunderstanding.

Defending champions Moreton Hall A were third after Alice Sadler and Jade Rackham starred in their 41-28 defeat of Cockfield A.

Newly-promoted Priors A saw off bottom club RMG in the division’s other game with Melanie Woods and Clare Suckley leading the way.

Burwell are the team to chase in Division Two after they saw off Moreton Hall D, with player-of-the-match displays from Emily Cross and Serena Johnson not enough to halt Burwell’s winning streak.

Cockfield B led the chasing pack with a 35-27 win over Haverhill B – Mel Harris and Emma Bland on form – while Breckland A beat Jetts A and Moreton Hall C beat Jubilee A.

Stowmarket earned a double win in Division Three with their league-leading second team seeing off Pink Ladies 46-27 with Gemma Brackenbury and Alison Buck on form.

Stow’s first team were back in third despite Donna Riches’ player-of-the-match display in a 53-37 win over Panthers, with Breckland B splitting the two Stowmarket clubs in second.

Breckland led from the off against Rougham Harriers, with precise shooting by Kim Butcher and Laura Cornwall pushing them 32-17 clear by the third quarter, before a 13-2 run in the final part of the game saw them run out 45-19 winners overall.

Thetford B beat Priors B to earn their first win of the season. Sue Collins and Laura Flowers performed well in Thetford’s 33-30 success.

In Division Four, Havebury left it too late to get going against Moreton Hall V, finding themselves 28-6 down at half-time in the contest.

They had checked that to 36-20 by the end of the third quarter, but lost 51-29 overall, with Amy Thompsett and Danielle Voller for Havebury and Kate Balding and Flo Hill for Moreton Hall.

Leaders Jetts B beat Phoenix Flames 32-25 with Amee Bullett and Becky Kingston leading the way for Jetts and Gemma Basham and Kerry Johnson performing well for Phoenix.

Also in Division Four, Jetts C beat Cockfield 36-26 and Jubilee D saw off Moreton Hall VI 43-36.