Loughborough Lightning are still looking for their win of the season following another defeat in the Netball Super League.
The East Midlands franchise’s latest defeat came against Team Bath, 69-30.
Speaking to Planet Netball after the match Lightning Head Coach Jo Webb said:
“We showed in places that we have got everything that we need in order to compete with teams like Bath. But we can’t maintain that for as long as we need to. Bath played extremely well; they worked together as a team all the way through the match.”
A perfect seven goals from seven attempts from Nikita Piggott in the first quarter gave Lightning the bright start they needed as they searched for their first win of the season.
In the second quarter, Vanessa Walker came into the game at goal shooter, Nikita Piggott being forced out to goal attacker and although both were on target in the shooting circle, Bath had pulled out a twelve point lead by half time 27-15.
Lightning changes at the half time interval failed to stem the flow of Team Bath goals as England captain Pam Cookey demonstrated her international credentials with a 94% scoring percentage.
Team Bath eventually ran out comfortable winners 69-30.
Despite another heavy defeat, there was at least one positive for Lightning as England under 19 international Beth Payne once again impressed, claiming a 100 per cent shooting record and England under 21 international Florence Edwards (goal attack) made her debut.
Lightning are next in action away against Hertfordshire Mavericks on Saturday 9 March.