Piggott’s Lightning fail to stike
Barbadian professional netballer Nikita Piggott and her Loughborough Lightning will have to wait until phase two of the ongoing British Netball Super League to register their first win of the season.
Lightning, who have been beaten in their previous six matches, had their final phase one match end in abnormal circumstances over the weekend when a member of the opposition, Yorkshire Jets, was injured three minutes from the end of the third quarter after a bad fall.
However, the score of 38-27 to Yorkshire Jets was allowed to stand as the final match score which meant that Lightning ended phase one in eighth and last place.
Lightning’s coach Jo Webb chose to abandon the game with agreement from both teams and England Netball after a 45-minute wait for medical assistance for the player.
Up until that point there had been some talented play with both teams scoring some great goals.
A good start by Lightning saw them only six goals behind Jets at the end of the first quarter and they were looking ever more dominating as the game progressed.
Piggott was working hard as goal shoot and receiving some quality passes from captain Sophia Candappa at centre and goal attack Florence Edwards to hit the goal mark.
As the team warmed up they increased the pressure on the Jets and a few crucial mistakes by them allowed Lightning to comeback from 5-13 down to 10-14.
However Jets were constantly forming a series of quick successive passes which allowed them to get to the D with no response from Lightning and shoot to score. They would maintain their lead on the game up to the time of the on-court accident.