Surrey Storm suffered a narrow 49-46 loss to Severn Stars at Wakefield on Friday evening.
Stars, picked up their first win in the Superleague campaign after narrowly seeing off Mikki Austin’s side.
Severn Stars had the early momentum by leading 9-3 after seven minutes mainly due to Storm errors. By the end of the opening quarter Storm had fought back to reduce the gap to two goals at 14-12.
Nicole Humphrys entered the fray at the start of the second quarter replacing Niamh Cooper.
For the majority of the quarter Stars had a five-goal advantage, with youngster Sophie Kelly entering the action replacing Frankie Wells, with Storm trailing at the break 28-24.
Zimbabwean Felisitus Kwangwa came on the for the first time in the game in the third quarter and made an instant impact, adding physicality to Storm’s defence.
Austin took the place of Emily Gulvin with Yasmin Parsons switching to Wing Attack. Stars continued to maintain their lead with Storm chipping away and eventually reduced the deficit to just two goals at the end of the third quarter as Stars went into the buzzer leading 39-37.
Storm rallied once again and actually took the lead for the first time in the game in the fourth quarter when they lead 41-40 with six minutes remaining, but five unanswered goals from Stars was enough to see them break their duck in the League.
Severn Stars 49 Surrey Storm 46
Vitality Netball Superleague Friday 12th March 2021
By Peter Moore