FYLINGDALES and Whitby travelled over the moors on Tuesday night to face their promotion rivals, the much-fancied Scarborough team Angels knowing that a win would put them in a great position for league title push.
With an earlier league win against their rivals and a cup win as well, the Dales knew the Angels would be well prepared for this game.
Dales started slowly and were punished for sloppy passing in the first quarter with the Angels well on top and playing some neat netball.
With a large home crowd cheering them on, they pulled out a 5-2 lead over the Dales and had it not been for some great work from Beth Hellawell running her legs off in midfield, the score could have been much worse.
In the second quarter, the Dales started to match the Angels and get into the game.
Beth Hellawell and Anna Welford put pressure on the home team, forcing them into mistakes that Chloe Purves and Jo Raw turned into goals, with Dales turning over the lead by scoring five goals and conceding only one to go into half-time 7-6 up.
In the third quarter, Dales started to quieten the boisterous crowd with some great work.
Kelly Storr and Sam Lee seemed to find a second gear and with some fast play, they moved the ball among themselves with speed and precision that the home team just could not cope with.
Aome great long-range shooting from Jo Raw and Chloe Purves added a further 10 goals with only three conceded to go into the last quarter 17-9 up.
Angels threw everything they could at Dales in the first few minutes of the last quarter in the hope Dales would tire - and scored two quick goals but once again the Dales upped their game.
Jen Millburn linked well with Jo Raw for some cracking long range shooting and Beth Mead closed down the home team’s attacks as Dales ran out 22-11 winners to put them in a strong position to challenge for the league title.
It was a fantastic achievement for a team in its first competitive season of playing.
Angels 11 Fylingdales and Whitby 22