Netball Superleague round-up: Dragons, Thunder, Bath & Storm all win

Nia Jones
Celtic Dragons captain Nia Jones said her side's win over Strathclyde Sirens was a "real battle"

Celtic Dragons edged a thriller 50-46 against Strathclyde Sirens in round five of the Superleague.

Manchester Thunder continued their 100% start with a 62-49 victory over Severn Stars to top the league table.

Team Bath bounced back from a loss in their last game to beat Loughborough Lightning 75-50 and Surrey Storm clinched an away win over London Pulse, 69-49.

Wasps host Saracens Mavericks on Monday (19:00 GMT).

Game of the week - Strathclyde Sirens 46-50 Celtic Dragons

Dragons secured their second win of the season by edging ahead in a nervy final quarter.

The Welsh outfit have now won as many matches by round five of the 2019 season, as they did in the whole of their 2018 campaign (won two, lost 16).

Sirens led by a single goal at half time but Dragons refused to let them pull ahead, producing a solid defensive display in what was a scrappy and tenacious tie.

Dragons captain Nia Jones described the game as a "real battle until the last minute".

"We knew it wasn't going to be a particularly pretty game of netball but I was really pleased with how focused we all remained throughout," added the Wales international.

"Despite Sirens leading for large parts of the game, we knew we had to grind it out and keep chipping away and we did that."

The win lifts Dragons up to fifth in the table and leaves Sirens without a win in four.

Thunder, Bath and Storm all win

Iona Darroch and Amy Carter
Stars' Iona Darroch (left) marks Manchester Thunder's Amy Carter during their round five Superleague fixture

Manchester Thunder top the Superleague table for the first time this season following a patient win over Severn Stars in Worcester.

Resolute defending from Stars meant Thunder were made to wait until the third quarter to build a significant lead, with Amy Carter, who played at both wing defence and centre, pivotal in making sure the hosts did not find enough momentum in the second half to mount a comeback.

Team Bath picked up their third win of the season with a comfortable victory over Lightning, after a shock home defeat by Surrey Storm last time out.

They seemed to benefit from an extended break after their previous game was postponed because of snow, with captain Serena Guthrie leading the charge in the centre court.

And Storm continued their good run of form by soundly beating London Pulse, a result which saw them jump from the bottom of the league up to sixth.

Wasps can reclaim top spot in the table with a win over Saracens Mavericks in the final fixture of round five on Monday (19:00 GMT).

Results & fixtures

Friday, 8 February

Strathclyde Sirens 46-50 Celtic Dragons

Saturday, 9 February

Severn Stars 49-62 Manchester Thunder

Loughborough Lightning 50-75 Team Bath

London Pulse 49-69 Surrey Storm

Monday, 11 February

Wasps v Saracens Mavericks (19:00 GMT)

Wednesday, 6 March

Wasps v Manchester Thunder (19:00), rescheduled from round two

Superleague table 2019
TeamPlayedWonLostPoints
Manchester Thunder44012
Wasps3309
Saracens Mavericks4319
Team Bath4319
Celtic Dragons5236
Surrey Storm5236
Loughborough Lightning5236
Severn Stars4133
Strathclyde Sirens5143
London Pulse5143

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