Charnwood’s internationals give Jets a master class

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The home team’s array of young England players, who have represented their country at under-17 and U19 levels, cruised to a 67-23 win to leave Jets further adrift at the foot of the table.

‘We were absolutely smashed,’ said Jets coach Linda Andrews.

‘But we have to give credit where it is due, Charnwood have a very talented team, everyone of them has played for England at U17 and U19 level and despite us being full of optimism, Charnwood came out and showed us what they can do and they did it very well.

‘The break for Christmas and lots of changes took it’s toll, but there are positives to take from the game and it was fantastic to see Emma Carré back playing again after nearly two-and-a-half years out with injury.

‘Consistency was our downfall, we had great passages of play but we could not continually apply the pressure we needed over the whole 60 minutes.’

Tallula Norman was named player-of-the-match for her style and creativity, while Josie Le Masurier and Molly Carré were praised for their continual defensive pressure and not allowing Charnwood to play their usual game.

Other positives were Leah Griffin using her height and agility in the shooting circle and both shooters offered something different and grew stronger throughout their time on court.

Rosie Tonner held her own against an experienced Northern Ireland wing-defence, whose constant pressure was sustained throughout.

Rena Nelson, Libby Rothwell and Nicole Goddard linked well from defence to attack and provided options to open up the court.

Andrews added: ‘Charnwood took an 8-0 lead before we adjusted to the level of the game.

‘Their speed to close down the space left us indecisive in our decision making, which caused us more uncertainty in our passing.’

Jets’ next game is against Billericay at 11.30 am at Fort Regent on Sunday 27 January.

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