Super Hatters get their claws into Wildcats

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Health 365 Hatters laid down a marker for the rest of the Women’s National League Division One with an impressive victory at Nottingham Wildcats.

The home side were very much involved in the battle for honours last season but they were no match for Vanessa Ellis’ team who forged a six point lead after the first quarter and extended that to 34-23 at the break.

Hatters opened the gap still further to 59-38 going into the final session and closed the game out in impressive style to come away with a 80-54 success.

Leading scorers: Sarah Naylor 15, Lauren Thomas-Johnson 15, Stephanie Gandy 15.

The win leaves Hatters in second place, two points behind early season pace setters UWIC Archers but with a game in hand.

They face a double-header weekend with a trip to Sevenoaks tomorrow (6.45pm) followed by a National Cup quarter-final against Barking Abbey Leopards at All Saints less than 24 hours later (2pm).

Hatters second team dipped to a second successive National League Division Two North defeat at Mansfield Giants. The home side piled on the points in the third quarter to gain a match-winning 62-35 lead and then ran out comfortable 82-54 winners.

Top scorers: Vochtora 19, Clayton 7, Gayle 7.

They bounced back to earn a place in the quarter-finals of the National Trophy with a hard fought 65-50 victory at South Yorkshire rivals Danum Doncaster Eagles.

The home side edged into a 31-30 half-time lead and held a four point advantage (47-43) at the end of the third quarter but Hatters dominated the final 10 minutes as they scored 22 points and restricted Doncaster to just three.

They face a home tie against Loughborouh Student Riders.

Top scorers: Vochtora 20, Campbell 16, Gayle 11

Joy and despair for the Under-16s as they netted their sixth consecutive league win but then crashed to a second round defeat in the Sureshot Cup.

They were never under serious threat in their National North clash against Bury as they eased their way to a 98-31 victory.

Team and scorers: Courtney Shaw 17, Eleanor Goodwin 16, Elaine Anderson 13, Naomi Jenkinson 12, Jo Lowry 9, Isabel Hannity 6,Abbie Simpson 6, Sirena Sampson 6, Mairead Faulkner 5, Grace Twomey 4 and Zuiko Kfamba 4.

It was a different story 24 hours later as they squandered numerous chances in their 58-53 home defeat to Nottingham Wildcats.

Hatters league form will be put to the test tomorrow when they travel to face Manchester Mystics at the Amaechi Centre

The Under-14s continued their unbeaten start to the season with a comfortable 74-31 win at Stockport Lapwings.