Goals galore added up to a dream start for ruthless HUCKNALL LADIES in the play-offs to decide their fate this season in the British Water Polo League.
After finishing sixth in the Women’s Second Division, Hucknall are now contesting the Championship 2 play-offs to determine who stays up, who goes down and who is promoted from Division Three.
And in the first weekend of fixtures, held at Basingstoke, they got off to a flier with a solid 9-2 victory over Liverpool Water Beatles last Saturday and then a rampant 21-2 romp against Third Division Penguin Rockhoppers, of London, the following day.
The wins shot them to the top of the six-team table ahead of the next weekend of games, at Watford on 6th and 7th December when they face Southampton and City Of Birmingham.
A display of excellent teamwork led to the comfortable success against divisional rivals Liverpool. Stacey Roe got Hucknall off to a good start with a well-placed goal, which was quickly followed by a strike from Lynsey Wilson.
Liverpool pulled one back, but Cara Saunders made it 3-1 by the end of the first quarter, and the locals were even more decisive in the second quarter, extending the lead to 7-2, courtesy of goals from Saunders, Rachael Endy and national league debutants Amelia Peters and Rose Bitowt.
The last two quarters were tight affairs, but Giorgia Bosworth and Endy hit the target at one end and the defence kept a clean sheet at the other.
The scale of disparity against Penguin was clear for all to see. Goals came from all quarters, with Woodfield netting four, Bosworth three, Endy three, Helen Reader three, India Wilkinson two, Roe two, Saunders two and Cass Mercer one, while Ripley Fidler and Naya Patel were impressive in defence to complete an authoritative display.