South London Korfball Mitcham earned their first points of 2019 with a hard fought victory over Bec 3.
Playing their second home game of the season, Solo Mitcham set up with Jack Protheroe, Edwin Huijberts, Jess White and Emily Brown in first attack and Captain Tom Higton, Richard Watters, Caroline Banks and Izzy Yorke in first defence.
Solo Mitcham started well, with a number of multiple shot attacks, but couldn’t sink the ball. Bec got on the score sheet after 4 and a half minutes with a running in shot from Annie Rheason and scored a second a minute later. Bec’s third – a turn from the assist – came 2 minutes later to leave Solo Mitcham 0-3 down. Caroline Banks earned a penalty, which Tom Higton converted and Jack Protheroe scored a penalty he had won himself to take the score to 2-3. Coach Clarke called a time out to set out some defensive tasks. After the break, Jack scored a distance shot to draw the scores level. Bec scored a distance shot of their own before Richard Watters slotted home from mid range to bring it level again. Bec scored a runner before half time to make it 4-5 just before half time.
At half time, Solo Mitcham made a substitution bringing on Eloise Peck for Izzy Yorke. Things started cagey, but Bec managed to score a runner and a long shot to make it 4-7. Tom Higton quickly replied with a distance shot, but Bec scored again to make it 5-8. Jack converted a penalty with 4 minutes to go to bring the scores within 2. Coach Clarke subbed himself on and scored with almost his first touch, mopping up a missed shot and scoring underneath the basket. The next Solo Mitcham attack saw Tom Higton score a runner to bring the scores level. With the game near the end, Jack Protheroe won and scored a penalty to finish the game 9-8 with 2 points on the boards.