It was a dream return to the court for our Women’s side this weekend, as they ran out 7-2 winners against London Genesis in the Women’s Super Series.
An all-round excellent team performance saw the side pick up the first three points in their group on Saturday.
Nicola Emery netted a hat trick on the return to the court, whilst Audrey Huskisson-Moore’s double capped off a superb debut.
Her first came only four minutes in, putting away a well worked cut back that epitomised the in-sync team performance.
Genesis were limited to only a few long range chances early on, with Elena Garcia-Verdugo coming up big to stop the side in red from making their mark in the first ten minutes.
It took the opposition till the last few minute of the half to hit back, a scoop into the top right corner from Santos was unlucky to suffer from Derby.
Garcia-Verdugo’s closing down of Helen Ho stopped a quick fire double, and keeping the momentum in Derby’s favour.
Moments later, it was Olivia Fox’s audacious chip attempt from her own half which caused a fumble from the Genesis goalkeeper. The spill fell for Heather Keith, who lobbed the number one herself, and got herself onto the scoresheet.
Huskisson-Moore hit her second only a minute later, curling from a decent range on the counter attack, and finding the near post to increase the lead to 3-1, just as half time was called.
Upon the restart, Emery only took three minutes to hit the back of the net. A flurry of chances fell to Derby, but the number 10 stepped left in front of the Genesis defence, opening the angle before hitting past the goalkeeper.
Keeping in control, Emery’s second was a thunderous effort into the depths of the bottom left corner, after a skilful feint inside onto her right. Her display was yet to be over.
Barely a minute later Jodie Hill’s close control and effortless footwork allowed her to lay off the on running Emery, whose darting run from the left meant she only had to poke home her third of the match, extending the 6-1 lead.
Genesis hit back, their second slipping under Merle Schmid from an unlucky rebound. The goalkeeper was brave in going to feet on multiple occasions, more often than not forcing efforts askew, but found the ball hit just past her this time.
Knocking on the door once again, the seven strikes were completed by Jodie Hill, firing past from close range to get herself on the score sheet.
An all round solid performance, Derby lead their group in the Summer Showdown by three points.
It will be two weeks till the Women take on Cheshire in the other group game, and hope to produce another scintillating performance as shown here.