A young Hucknall Ladies side, with five U18s in the team, took on a tough Warley team that contained some well-established international water polo players and won 17-10 in the Midlands League.
In the first quarter Hucknall went down a goal in the first 30 seconds and things looks bleak; however persistent defence and planned attacks paid dividends with goals from Rachael Endy, Lynsey Wilson and Giorgia Bosworth, saw Hucknall leading3-2.
The second quarter was equally tight with Cara Saunders scoring within 40 seconds start of the session.
Warley hit back with determination but Hucknall’s defence remained steadfast, further goals from Cass Mercer and India Wilkinson saw the score 6-6 at half-time.
In the third quarter Hucknall gained in confidence and planned strategies started to pay dividends with the opposition unable to respond to double pronged attacks.
Tempers frayed and Warley conceded a penalty which Endy converted.
Goal keeper Naya Patel was as reliable as ever, upsetting the opposition with saves from outside shots and close one on one efforts.
Laura Woodfield started her goal spree, and with additional goals from Sanders, Mercer and Endy, compounded with a penalty save from Patel, and Hucknall were 10-8 to the good.
Despite rising agitation on the part of the opposition, Hucknall continued with their professional performance causing the visitors many problems with lots of second centre work and good counter attacks
Another penalty save from the excellent Patel, helped maintain the pressure and goals from Amelia Peters, Bosworth, Wilkinson and four from Woodfield saw Hucknall home.