After Pulse solidifies their top 4 placement the London side arrives at Surrey Sports Park to take on Surrey Storm. Storm struggling to find a win of recent with some close score lines on the road look to finish their season strong heading into the last two games.
The end score would not reflect the intensity and pace in this game as a goal for goal physical battle lasted until the final minutes before Pulse strung together stops and scores to closed out the victory.
Storm loses the opening possession as the young star Funmi Fadoju reaches high to tip a pass and Pulse transition up the court as Tchine finds the net. A shock to the crowd as league scoring leader Proscovia Peace misses two in a row and Pulse lead 2-4.
Felisitus Kwangwa works hard to find front position on Tchine, the Zimbabwe international leaps to intercept a feed and Austin throws one up to Peace.
Storm defence ups the energy making Pulse really work hard to get to the circle edge, Storm force two turnovers in a row and convert at the other end to take the lead 7-5.
After a technical timeout the break in play puts a halt on Storms momentum as Pulse ties the game at 7 a piece after a footwork call from the umpire.
Pulse takes advantage of the Storm error and now take a 2-goal lead and hold onto it to finish the quarter in front 10 – 12.
Pulse enters the 2nd quarter with conviction getting the first points on the board and a stop on defence.
Momentum builds for Pulse as they extend the 2-goal lead to 4 in the opening 5 minutes of the quarter and Storm make a change as Magee replaces Wells at GA.
Immediate impact into the game Emma Magee makes her first couple of shots and Leah Middleton recovers the ball twice in a row as Storm reduce the deficit to 2 goals.
With the home side breathing down the necks of Pulse, the team in pink continue to play defence all through the court closing the open space. Everitt asserting her dominance making It difficult for Storm to transition up the floor to finish the half 20 – 25.
A change for Pulse at the half as Scholes on at WA and Honey at Centre.
Storm opens the scoring as Emma Magee sinks one home. A stop on defence at the other end and quick transition the home side are back within 2 points. Austin then feeds Peace from half court as it becomes a 1 goal game.
Both teams trade goal for goal not giving an inch at either end of the court. Peace and Tchine continue to find the bottom of the net throughout the 3rd quarter.
As we hit the 4-minute mark Storm fail to execute on a couple of possessions and Pulse find some breathing room at 29 – 32.
Leah Middleton manages to force a miss from Tchine as the Surrey crowd release a huge roar. Just before the 3rd quarter buzzer goes Sophia Candappa replaces Yasmin Parsons as the scores sits at 32-55 with it all to play for in the 4th.
Further changes from Pulse as Neil starts to replace Tchine in the 4th. A 3-goal deficit for Storm to claw back and Sophia Candappa accuracy finds Peace from mid court on back-to-back passes.
Storm is relentless, trying to break the 2-goal barrier they have been unable to get inside. Fresh legs on the court continue for Pulse as Rattu comes back to the court for Honey.
As the clock ticks over the halfway mark of the final quarter Storm begin to force passes under the pressure of cutting down the Pulse lead.
The defence of Keable and Everitt combine and with Storm unsuccessful at the shooting end Pulse stetch out a 5-goal lead.
Priest replaces Kwangwa and Wells re-enters the court for Magee with 4 minutes to go. However, Pulse continues to extend the breathing room by another 3 goals as the Surrey sides efforts are not enough and Pulse take the 38 – 45 win.