Hatters face crucial clash

Health365 Hatters face up to a defining moment in their season in Wales on Saturday. They travel to meet one of their main rivals, UWIC Archers with a four point cushion at the top of National Division One after a winning home double-header.

Hatters have lost two games less than UWIC and Nottingham Wildcats who are in third place on points difference and it means the showdown is one the Welsh side can’t afford to lose.

Katie Crowley’s side strengthened their position as champions-in-waiting with a 92-53 victory over Leeds Carnegie followed by a 89-54 defeat of Team Northumbria.

Hatters restricted Leeds to 19 points in the first half and responded with 46 of their own and then added another 46 in the second half although they allowed the visitors to tag on 32 points to their tally.

Top scorers: Sarah Naylor 20, Stephanie Gandy 20, Helen Naylor 16.

Skipper Crowley netted seven points in the opening quarter of the match against Northumbria and Hatters maintained the initiative as they gained a match-winning 43-20 half time lead.

Sarah Naylor and Gandy again led the scoring with 21 and 18 points respectively and were ably supported by new American signing Kisha Lee with 13.

The second team came through against Bury Blue Devils in their final Division Two North home game of the season.

Hatters held an eight point advantage at the break (35-27) and although the visitors closed the gap to two points the Sheffield side hit back to edge into a six point lead going into the final quarter. They then held off the Bury challenge to run out 70-64 winners.

Top scorers: Campbell 19, Carrick 14, Clayton 13. Hatters play their final league game at Mansfield on Saturday.