By Harry Low
Supernova’s second team extended their winning streak to six matches with a comprehensive 19-5 win over Croydon 4 at Royal Russell.
After a slow start, no doubt in part thanks to the exploits of the previous evening, the deadlock was broken by a long shot from The President aka JC aka Johnny aka John. A Croydon equaliser followed almost immediately but it wasn’t long before Jenny had scored a runner and your correspondent popped one in to make it 3-1.
The President bagged his second from distance before Eiti got in on the act with a running in shot.
The goals were now flowing freely as Smackie scored a penalty won by Pippa M before Matt grabbed his first, and Eiti and your correspondent their second of the match before the referee’s half time whistle blew. 9-2 and a cumulative target of 20 was set for the second half.
Croydon pulled back to 9-3 before Hannah sunk a beauty from a veer and Matt essentially stretched up one of those gangly arms of his for his second runner of the afternoon.
Your correspondent scored consecutive goals – the latter the team’s 100th of the season – to force another switch of ends as JC completed his hatrick to make it 14-3.
Smackie scored his second penalty of the afternoon following a Croydon consolation goal and Jenny sunk her second runner as Supernova’s free-flowing korfball paid dividends. Matt made it a hatrick of runners before Croydon scored to make it 17-5.
Your correspondent scored long shot and a drop off, after some neat interchange with Pippa, to complete his double hatrick and, although Matt missed a penalty to make it 20-5, Supernova completed the double over Croydon 4 and remain hot on the heels of Highbury in first place with seven wins from eight.
It was a fine team performance, with Pete E making a crucial interception following his introduction late on, and one which was aided by an equal distribution of roles. Pippa may not have scored but must have contributed some 60% of assists.
With half of the season gone, Supernova 2 have already scored nearly as many points and goals as in 2015-16 so hopes are high for a first LRL Division 2 title since the glorious 2011-12 season.