One-way traffic as Phoenix subdued

Calderdale continued their superb form in the Super League this season with a comfortable 52-20 win over Wakefield Phoenix at Bradford College.

They lined up with Roxy Rothery (GS), Kim Roy (GA), Lauren Libud (WA), Carolyne Baldwin (C), Pia Rattigan (WD), Sophia Samiels (GD) and Louise Stones (GK).

The first quarter was evenly contested, with Calderdale edging in front 11-8. From then on, however, it was one way traffic.

A superb defensive effort from the Calderdale side saw Wakefield muster just one point in the second quarter, neutralising the sloppy errors their attack was making, and helping them into a 25-9 lead at half time.

The second half saw Sally Greenwood come on to make her first team debut as wing attack, and she made an instant impression with her accurate feeds to the shooting pair of Lauren Liburd and Kim Roy, leading to a number of scores.

Wakefield put up a much better display in the second half, but never threatened to launch an unlikely comeback, as Calderdale ran out convincing winners after leading 41-15 at threequarter time.

The Calderdale 2 express steams on, Sarah Heaton’s side making it 13 Premier Division wins in a row this season after they dug deep to beat an improved ANC 34-29.

Their nerves were settled in Bradford by a superb mid-court interception by centre Sally Greenwood. However, too many passes went astray and they went into the break one goal down.

Good link-up play in the second quarter between shooters Claire Higgins and Kirsty Hammond, combined with solid play from defensive pair Saleha Cooke and player of the match Sue Seymour, helped Calderdale fight back.They finished the second quarter 14-11 up.

Fresh legs were brought on at half time in the form of Heaton at centre, Gail Gledhill at goal shooter and Laura Kennedy at wing defence.

The flow of the game improved for Calderdale, but ANC’s shooters staged a fight back and Calderdale went into the final break just one goal up.

Hammond returned but ANC got their second wind and took a two-goal lead. However, Calderdale were in no mood to surrender their 100 per cent record and another interception from Cooke led the fight back to 26-26.

At the business end of the match Calderdale dominated possession to pull clear.

Calderdale thirds knew it would be a big ask to follow up the previous week’s Division One win against leaders Leeds Lightening and lost 69-35.

However, captain Jo Williamson was pleased that her side had gained a losing bonus point for scoring half their opponents’ tally, having failed to do so in the first meeting.

Williamson lined up at wing defence alongside alongside her mum Pauline (GS), Heather Parkinson (GA), Georgina Parkinson (WA), Hollie Thomas (C), Suzanne Forrest (GD) and Kirsty Dow (GK).

Leeds held an 18-8 lead by the end of the first quarter, when Calderdale brought on Megan Woodworth at wing attack, prompting a switch of positions which resulted in Dow taking a break.

The visitors had stretc hed their advantage to 32-14 after another 15 minutes, prompting more Calderdale changes .

The home side then had their best spell, matching Leeds goal for goal in a third quarter which finished 48-24.