Four teams battle it out for Division One title

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FOUR teams are set to battle for the Division One title over the final three weeks of the West Suffolk Netball League campaign as the season reached its mid-season split.

Moreton Hall A and Suffolk Police remain locked level on points at the top of the table with 32 each, while Thetford A have slipped off the pace after being defeated by Priors A – the pair have 30 and 29 points respectively.

Meanwhile, Moreton Hall B (26), Cockfield A (19), Haverhill A (19) and RMG (9) will battle to stave off relegation, although the latter are winless and are destined to spend next summer in Division Two.

Melanie Woods and Haylee Curtis starred as reigning Division Two champions Priors A thrust themselves into the title race with a 34-29 victory over Thetford A, who had led the table until the previous week when beaten by Moreton Hall A.

Defending champions Hall breezed past their B team 60-35, while Suffolk Police took advantage of bottom-club RMG being two players short for the opening stages with goal defence Jo Towell and goal attack Vicki Rose helping them to a 57-19 success.

The other match in Division One was an important relegation battle between Cockfield A and Haverhill A, which the former won 33-29 to climb out of the relegation zone, with Abigail Bullett and Juliet Konrath on form.

Burwell’s irrepressible march to the Division Two title continued with a 47-12 win over third-bottom Cockfield B, meaning Moreton Hall D (30 points), Moreton Hall C (28) and Jetts A (27) are set to battle for the second promotion place.

Moreton Hall D moved into pole position to be promoted as Serena Johnson and Emily Cross helped them to a 40-29 success over Jetts A.

Moreton Hall C ended Breckland A’s hopes of making the top-half split by defeating them 34-29, with starring roles for Sally Harris and Sarah Hedges.

Haverhill B are set for the drop to Division Three after a 32-21 loss to Jubilee A, with Fiona Mulley and Abi Harrington on form for the victors, meaning Breckland A (24) , Cockfield B (23) and Jubilee A (21) will be bidding for survival over the final weeks of the season.

Due to the inclement weather earlier in the campaign, Division Three is a week behind so not due to split until their seventh round of matches have taken place.

Like Burwell, Division Three leaders Stowmarket II boast a 100 per cent record and with Stowmarket I in third, the club could earn a double promotion this summer.

Stow II won their game against Thetford B 43-31, with excellent displays by Saskia Walker and Gemma Alexander, while Stowmarket I saw off Priors B 41-20 with the players-of-the-match awards handed to Jasmine Grayling and Leanne Osborn.

Just four points separate second-placed Breckland B and second-bottom Panthers in Division Three, with those two sides playing out a 27-12 result when their match was abandoned at half-time, meaning the win went to Breckland B.

Elsewhere in the division, Sam Howard and Tanya Chenery helped Pink Ladies to a 50-33 win over bottom-club Rougham Harriers.

Jetts B stretched their winning run to seven matches to top Division Four going into the mid-season split — Becky Kingston and Beth Soman starring in their 66-28 thrashing of Moreton Hall V.

Jubilee D are just two points behind the leaders though after a 33-26 win over Phoenix I, despite strong displays from Gemma Basham and Kerry Johnson.

The win for Jetts’ B team helped their C team into the top-half split, with the latter keeping up their end of the bargain by defeating Havebury 42-23.

Jetts C had three junior players in their side and got off to a flyer in the first quarter, taking a 14-5 lead from which they never looked back.

Although Havebury staged a brief resurgence in the third quarter to reduce the lead to nine goals, Jetts eased away again in the final part of the game, with accurate defence from Claire Key, quick centre-court play from Pippa Key and accurate feeds from Mandy Cadge providing opportunities for goal shooter Emily Williams.

The battle of the bottom two saw Cockfield C move level on points with Moreton Hall VI, but both are five points behind the safety line.

Hall had just six players on the court and Cockfield eased to a 42-27 success, with the victors’ players of the match named as Alex Albon and Ellie Brian.

The only match in Division Five saw Walsham Fine Furniture continue their march to the title with a 71-12 win over Phoenix II.