Southwark Pride stay on course at the summit as Barking Abbey succumb by one

Southwark Pride’s Division One title tilt shows no signs of abating having followed up Saturday’s 51-47 win at Charnwood College Riders by storming to a 67-45 victory in Bristol.

Bristol Storm just simply couldn’t convert the early chances they had around the basket and were ultimately made to pay for it as Southwark opened up a 37-16 half-time advantage.

The hosts had reduced that daunting deficit back down to 10 points within five minutes of the resumption of play.

However, a flurry of turnovers allowed Pride to stretch their buffer back up to 20 points-plus and that’s the way it stayed through to the final buzzer in spite of an improved second-half showing from the home side.

“I don’t think the 22 points really reflects the game and we beat ourselves with the missed shots and turnovers,” commented Bristol Storm coach Steve Brocklehurst.

“Having said that, Pride made their shots and managed our pressure to maintain the lead. They did what they had to do to win.

“For their ages and the performances they consistently put out every week as a team, Southwark are a special group of players and something for us to aim at.”

Team Solent Kestrels remain hot on Southwark’s heels though in second spot after they secured an emphatic 88-29 triumph against bottom of the table Exeter Eagles.

Making light of the absence of captain Jodi Jerram, Welsh international duo Melanie Curson and Megan Jenkins and starting forward Natasa Koniali, all nine of Solent Kestrels’ travelling party shared around the scoring in a decidedly one-sided contest.

Inga Muciniece topscored with 24 points and she was ably supported by Ekemini Essien (19 & a game-high six assists), Chloe Lammas (14 on her first start of the season) and Earleesha Jackson (13).

Meanwhile, Barking Abbey fell by a single point (60-59) in a tough away loss to Bristol Academy Flyers on Saturday.

Despite losing Taneka Rubin five minutes into the game to a shoulder injury, the visitors were able to control the contest early.

Nevertheless, a couple of defensive lapses allowed Bristol back in and to duly get a one-point lead.

Barking Abbey were unable to respond thereafter as well, missing multiple opportunities down the stretch to win the game.

Naomi McKenzie and Teo Armanu proved threats from the perimeter on their way to 13 points each, while Wura Ijelu added eight.


Bristol Flyers' Amani Clark scored 11 points in the first half alone as her side edged out Barking Abbey. Picture: B East Photography.

“It was a good performance overall,” stated BA head coach Karen Burton. “The game was quick paced and players made tired decisions going down the stretch, which we have to be better at.”

Barking Abbey dropped to .500 with this loss, sitting at 7-7 in fifth place in the league.

Elsewhere, Essex Blades beat Anglia Ruskin University 63-44 and the Lancashire Spinners overcame Reading Rockets 82-70.