SWANSEA slip to their third defeat of the season, losing 51-22 to Newport 1sts, as they get to grips following a major overhaul of the squad.
Captain Charlotte Peters remains realistic about their season’s prospects following the defeat.
“It’s difficult because we’ve had practically a whole new team this year,” said Peters.
“Seven out of eleven of our team are new, so they’ve never been in BUCS competitions before so we knew it would be initially a bit rocky for us.
“It is a difficult one but considering we are in a higher league this year, and have barely played together, we have done well.”
Newport’s Emily Llewellyn set the tone for the match with the first point of the match, looping the ball in from close range.
Swansea and Newport traded points throughout the opening quarter with Swansea’s Molly Pritchard scoring seven.
The opening quarter finished with Swansea trailing by just five points, 16-9.
Llewellyn continued her dominant performance with another eight points for Newport in the second quarter.
Pritchard’s confidence appeared to waver as Newport’s points continued to mount with the Swansea player scoring just two in the second.
To her credit Pritchard came back fighting and continued to force the issue every time she was in shooting range.
Captain Peters praised her goal shooter for always “rising to the occasion” and “picking herself up well” from any knock in confidence.
The half time score however reflected Llewellyn’s dominance with Newport leading 28-13.
Swansea in the final two quarters tried to force the issue a little too much, with their passes getting intercepted by the Newport defence.
The game finished with a final score of 51-22 to Newport.
Following the game Swansea’s captain Peters admitted Llewellyn’s shooting prowess had been too much for her side, having seen her score 38 points against her side.
Peters said: “She made it difficult; it was hard for us to defend against her.
“Her shooting today was on point, you cannot fault her, it was just incredible.”
Swansea’s next league game is against Gloucestershire 3rds on November 21.