Radio Woking local sport weekend roundup

Despite sub zero temperatures and a host of local football matches called off due to frozen pitches, one game that did survive the weather was Aldershot Town’s National League game at Edgely Park against Stockport County.

The game itself finished goalless, but Shots were indebted to Mitch Walker who saved a John Rooney penalty to secure a point.

Meanwhile, Woking’s home game against league leaders Torquay United fell victim of the bad weather and was called off on Friday afternoon due to a frozen pitch.

No such problems in rugby with both Harlequins and Harlequins Women in action.

Harlequins hosted Leicester Tigers on Saturday in the Gallagher Premiership and consolidated their top four place with a bonus point victory over the Tigers by 37-24 at the Stoop.

By half-time Harlequins led Leicester 30-17 through tries from Mike Brown, Marcus Smith and Andre Esterhuizen. Louis Lynagh secured the try bonus point as Quins made it three successive victories in a row post Paul Gustard.

Harlequins women slipped to their second defeat in a row after losing at home 20-17 to Loughborough Lightning in the Tyrell Premier 15’s at Surrey Sports Park on Saturday afternoon.

In Basketball it was a mixed set of results for Surrey Scorchers in the BBL Championship.

Live in front of the Sky TV cameras on Friday evening in Manchester, Scorchers completed a 93-86 win over the Giants.

Tony Hicks top scored for the Surrey side with 20 points, but a bench consisting of Cameron Hildreth, Ryan Richards and Caylin Raftopoulos amassed 39 points.

Giants took the opening quarter 31-27. A better second quarter from the visitors saw Scorchers reduce the deficit to just a single point going into the break.

A big third quarter gave Scorchers a five-point cushion heading into the final quarter. With Scorchers pulling away to lead by double digits it proved to much for Manchester to claw back as Scorchers returned back to Surrey with the win.

Scorchers failed to complete the weekend double just 24 hours later a suffering a narrow 77-75 loss to the Worcester Wolves at Surrey Sports Park.

Former Scorcher Jordan Williams came back to haunt his former side with 22 points and 16 rebounds. Ryan Richards top scored for Scorchers with 19 points from the bench.

Wolves were out of the traps the quickest by racing into a ten-point lead early on. Scorchers reacted strongly by taking the second quarter 28-13 to take a four-point advantage heading into the interval.

The hosts continued to dominate the game in the third quarter and went into the buzzer with a nine-point lead.

In the final quarter foul trouble caught up with Scorchers with Worcester taking full advantage from the free throw line. The visitors nudged into the lead with 40 seconds left on the clock, which proved to much for the hosts to overcome.

In netball, Surrey Storm opened up their Vitality Netball Superleague campaign with a derby win against London Pulse 42-40 at Wakefield on Saturday.

Star of the show on the day was youngster Sophie Kelly on her Superleague debut. The 17-year-old picked up the player of the match award for her sterling effort.

Storm started the game strongly, racing into a 7-1 lead. Storm were hampered when Northern Ireland Goal Attacker Emma Magee picked up an injury and had to leave the game after only three minutes.

Kelly came on for Magee and immediately impressed with the Surrey outfit taking a 12-8 lead after the opening quarter.

By half-time Mikki Austin’s Storm held a slender two goal cushion to lead 23-21.

Pulse came out the stronger of the sides in the third quarter but Storm hit back late in the quarter to end the period a single goal behind 33-32.

A tight final quarter was just shaded by Storm to complete an opening day victory.

Unfortunately for Surrey Storm they couldn’t back Saturday’s victory up with another on Sunday when they faced Saracens Mavericks.

Despite an impressive display by Karyn Bailey fatigue crept into Storm’s game with Mavericks fresh having not played on Saturday.

After the opening period it was Mavs who held a 13-10 lead at the buzzer. Saracens started to take control of the game in the second period as they pulled away to lead 19-12.

Storm bought on Zimbabwe Captain Felistus Kwangwa to replace Leah Middleton. Saracens continued to dominate the second quarter and went into the break leading 29-17.

Frankie Wells was introduced into the fray in the third quarter to replace Kelly and quickly made her mark to reduce Mavericks lead down to single figures, but it was Saracens who led 39-30 heading into the final quarter.

Saracens once again took the game away from Storm by stretching their advantage to 12 goals which left Storm to much to do in the closing minutes of the game.