Flash start rolls on for Lightning

Gosport Borough Lightning. From left, back: Jenny Rainstrick, Emily Cummings, Gemma Read, Amy Robinson. Front: Maddie Roberts, Kelly North, Michelle Duckett, Jennifer Rynn. Missing from picture: Jess Leighton, Maria Darcy
Gosport Borough Lightning. From left, back: Jenny Rainstrick, Emily Cummings, Gemma Read, Amy Robinson. Front: Maddie Roberts, Kelly North, Michelle Duckett, Jennifer Rynn. Missing from picture: Jess Leighton, Maria Darcy
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CARA WOODS saluted the progress of Gosport Borough Lightning as they continued their flash start to life in the Gosport & Fareham League.

The team of young guns, who are this month celebrating their first anniversary in the competition, have yet to be beaten.

Last summer they topped division eight with 48 points and an impressive goal difference of 280.

They then blitzed their way to the division seven title during the winter, amassing 56 points and an even more impressive goal difference of 342.

And with the Gosport side boasting a maximum return from their opening two fixtures of the current campaign – in division six – it is no surprise that Woods is relishing the chance to coach them.

‘I was given the privilege to coach Lightning when they joined the adult league,’ she said.

‘And I’m very glad I took them on.

‘They are a lovely bunch of girls with great personalities, and that makes me look forward to their games every week.’

In the opening fixture this term, Lightning left Pink Panthers feeling blue with a 59-13 triumph.

Then, last week, they backed that up with a 49-30 victory over Karadents.

‘All of the girls have done me proud since joining the adult league,’ said Woods.

‘They are still undefeated, which is a great achievement.

‘They work hard every game, which shows and it has really paid off.’

Goal-shooter Emily Cummings has been a key part of the side’s stunning success.

She was named best & fairest player in division seven last season, after sharing the same award with team-mate Kelly North in their maiden campaign in division eight.

‘Winning division eight and then division seven were brilliant achievements for the girls,’ added the Gosport Borough Lightning coach.

‘And for Emily and Kelly to receive best & fairest player shows what a nice team Lightning are.

‘Now our next challenge is to become winners of division six.’

Gosport Borough’s other teams have also started the season brightly.

TML are currently top of division three – having won both of their games – while Mavericks are fifth in division four. Lightning’s next game is tonight at 8.30pm against Cherque Chicks.