The Sheffield 2s Netball side beat York 1s 52-45 last Wednesday in a thrilling comeback that retained Sheffield’s place at the top of the league.
In a top versus bottom clash in the league, it was last placed York who surprisingly took the lead after the first quarter, holding a 15-12 lead over Sheffield.
Although Sheffield showed some fighting spirit early in the second quarter, managing to take the lead at one point, York came back and regained the lead at halftime, with the score 20-24.
Sheffield had not been their usual best, perhaps a hangover from their performance against Leeds Beckett last week in the cup. York continued to dominate the play, with their goal shooter Sullivan-Williams being very prolific in the first two periods, using her height to her advantage. York were also a very physical team and used their strength on and off the ball to dominate attacks and to easily intercept Sheffield moves.
However, it was the third period where Sheffield kicked it into gear and managed to show why they were top of the league, using their momentum to put a struggling York side out the game, and ending the period with a 41-31 lead.
Sheffield managed to hang on to the victory as the final whistle blew, although York did test them late on by managing to score a few very quick goals in a row. But a comfortable 52-45 scoreline meant that the result was never much in doubt.
The win extends the Sheffield 2s place at the top of the league, opening up a three point lead over second place Durham 2s and keeping the dream alive for a possible promotion charge.
Sheffield 2s Captain Megan Howard said: “It started off a bit iffy, but we managed to pull it back in the end and have a smashing win. It was a very full on game with quite a lot of argy-bargy from both sides, but we managed to stay above that and win. It’s given us the confidence to try and stay top of the league and to aim for promotion, as always.”
The Sheffield Netball 2s will come up against the Northumbria 3s On Wednesday 9th November in the cup, where Sheffield will look to extend their winning run.