Score: 17 - 3
HIGHBURY 3s’ tough start of the season continued on Sunday as they were defeated 17-3 by a strong Supernova 2s outfit.
Goals came from Karthik Ramulu, Philippa Stevens and George Thorpe in a match where the 3s showed strong defence, but were wasteful in attack and picked off at times by experience opponents.
Just like their opening league fixture of the season, the 3s took a while to get on the scoreboard and by the time they did, Supernova had already bagged six.
The first two goals came early on as Thorpe fell asleep in defence, allowing the player he was marking to run in for the opener before conceding a penalty, which was successfully converted.
Highbury got an opportunity to half the deficit when Laura Goulden found space after a free pass, but her effort missed the target and it was soon made 3-0 by Supernova following a piece of sloppy play from a restart.
Captain Ramulu, making his first appearance for the 3s after turning out for the club’s second team in the season opener, was showing what his side had missed in that game with his athletic defence and pace in attack.
But he missed the chance from a penalty to open their account after neat build up play between him and Thorpe.
Up the other end of the court, Supernova were able to score their second penalty before a running shot past Goulden made it 5-0.
Supernova went 6-0 ahead when a tussle involving Thorpe and his opponent went the way of the latter, with the lanky 30-year-old nearly losing his trainer in the process. Despite his protests, no foul was called.
Up until this point, the 3s had been let down by some loose passing in attack which had broken down promising moves on the court.
However, the move which finally saw them score made up for this as Thorpe and Ramulu linked up well with the team skipper able to get into space created by the weaving around to find the basket.
This was the last score of the first half as the defence held strong from the 3s for the remaining 10 minutes, frustrating their hosts. But at the other end, decent chances were spurned by Ramulu, Thorpe and Ellie Simes, meaning they could cut Supernova’s advantage.
The front defence being played by the 3s, a style they are still getting used to, was looking good and limiting Supernova, who were forced to take a long shot early in the second half to get the scoreboard moving up again.
Another long shot made it 8-1, but the defence was still looking decent from the 3s, with interceptions coming their way.
In attack though they were still giving too much possession away and soon it became 9-1 when Thorpe, who was struggling in defence against an experience opponent, let the feed in, setting up the goal.
Another couple of goals were conceded when Jack Birch was given the slip in defence, allowing a runner to go in before Supernova’s 11th goal came from another running in shot.
Another feed was allowed in by Thorpe, who had taken his eye off his marker, to make it 12-1, but Stevens soon added to Highbury’s score.
After an interception from Thorpe in defence, the 3s stayed patient in attack, with Stevens getting enough space to fire a shot home.
Supernova bagged another quick double before a penalty, awarded after Simes went into an attacker at the side, and another well taken long shot made it 16-2 to the home side.
The host’s final score of the day came from a turnover in defence, but Highbury bagged the final goal of the day when a long looping ball from Ramulu found Thorpe round the back of the korf and he slotted the ball home.
The clock counted down in a similar way that it did in the first half, with Highbury making sure their defences were not breach anymore, but despite a few efforts, they could not add any goals themselves.
Overall, the 3s were happy with their performance against one of the stronger teams in their league and know they work in training on their defence and attacking structure, results will become positive sooner rather than later.
Next up, they face Bec 3 away on Sunday.