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FOCUS is the key to Meon third’s remarkable form in division three, according to coach Angie Osborne.

The team have recorded six wins from six matches and are top of the division, after a difficult time last season.

They finished bottom back then and only escaped relegation because other teams in the league dropped out.

That turn of good fortune has handed Meon a lifeline and they look determined to grasp it with both hands.

Coach Osborne said: ‘We stayed up by the skin of our teeth last season and now we are top!’

‘That is all down to a tough pre-season.

‘Everyone worked their socks off and we agreed some team aims which have given every player a focus.’

Many of the current squad members only joined Meon in 2010, with some of them from the Havant Back to Netball programme.

Osborne added: ‘Some of the players have improved unbelievably!

‘In defence, we have Helen Brockway (GD), one of the most improved players in the squad, learning all the time and forging a great relationship with her defensive partners.

‘Also Lucy Dellow (GK), who improves game after game.

‘Our goal-shooter Rachel Corkett was promoted from Meon 4 this season and had a great start to the season before her injury.’

Centre Kayleigh McAdam is another who is making a big impact.

She joined Meon this year after five years out through injury and has made a huge impact on the squad.

‘She is strong, fast and reliable on court,’ said Osborne.

‘Then we have Steph Strode, the captain, and she has shown great versatility this season, playing in many attacking roles.’

And with the team unbeaten so far, with a fantastic goal difference of plus 81, promotion to division two is looking possible.

‘Consistency has been a key factor so far and we are hopeful that this will continue,’ said the coach.

‘Experience has also been a factor in the improvement of our newer players.

‘Many of our team hadn’t played competitive netball since school.

‘We were very raw when we came to the league, very indisciplined – but not in a malicious way.

‘Playing against experienced players has seen a vast improvement game on game.’

Meon 3’s next game is next Wednesday against Gosport Gators A at 8.30pm.