Double agony for Team Jets

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TEAM JETS’ head coach has set her players the challenge of ending the season with four consecutive victories – including one against unbeaten leaders Wimborne Aquarians.

Linda Andrews watched her side slump to a third loss of the campaign on Sunday, leaving them five points adrift of the South West Division I summit.

Only the top side will be guaranteed a place at the Premier League promotion play-offs, which Jets must attend if they are to have any hope of securing regular home fixtures next term.

Regional league clubs are not obliged to travel to Jersey for league games, whereas national opponents in PL3 would.

Jets lost 54-45 to Premier Romans, having beaten Mavericks 58-39 on Saturday afternoon.

‘The girls are keen to try and move on [to Premier League netball],’ said Andrews. ‘Poole [in third] lost on Sunday, which is to our advantage, and now we have four games left to apply as much pressure as we can to keep ourselves in at least second spot.’

Saturday’s clash was marred by a serious ankle injury for goalkeeper Josie Le Masurier, which will almost certainly rule her out for the remainder of the season. Katie Doyle came on in her place, for her Jets debut, and the Islanders maintained superiority against Mavericks – winning every quarter with ease.

It was a different story on Sunday, though.

‘Premier Romans were a good side and they have got the advantage of training with their Premier League team week in, week out,’ Andrews explained. ‘We’re not able to put that competition within our training.

‘Physically they were strong, which we know we do struggle with. The game was running away from us but we did get to grips with them in the second half, where we pulled a few goals back.’

Jets travel to face Aquarians and Poole on 12 and 13 March, before ending their schedule a fortnight later, against Premier Romans and Exeter.

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