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Star Welham leads depleted Ipswich to battling win at Solent

Harriet Welham was brilliant again for Ipswich, scoring 31 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, in their win at Solent. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Harriet Welham was brilliant again for Ipswich, scoring 31 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, in their win at Solent. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Pavel.Kricka@btinternet.com

WNBL Division One

Solent Kestrels 79

Ipswich 84

Ipswich produced a huge fourth quarter performance to steal victory on the road to a very tough Solent Kestrels team as they moved to 2-0 in WNBL Division One action.

Ipswich travelled south with a depleted with no less than five players missing due to injury and a sickness bug that had swept through the team, and had to dig deep to earn their first win on the road this season.

The first quarter saw the Suffolk side race out of the blocks, with Harriet Welham in fine form and the pace of the Ipswich offence causing the host problems.

However, fatigue was always going to be the issue with only six fit players. The quarter went the way of Ipswich, but by half-time the tide had turned significantly, with Solent winning the second quarter 25-11, giving them a 44-39 advantage.

The third quarter saw the host further extend their lead, and while Ipswich found baskets easy to come by, they simply couldn’t stop the bleeding at the other end, with Solent collecting another 25 in the period, taking a seven-point advantage into the final period.

The fourth quarter saw Ipswich show off their phenomenal character. With everything stacked against them they went about swinging their momentum with some stifling defence and ruthless execution of offence.

Danni Cazey came alive, connecting on two consecutive three-point attempts, while Esther Little’s athleticism suddenly took over game, controlling both ends of the court. Key baskets from Welham, Taylor-Willis and a huge Charlotte Redhead three-point shot saw the visitors build an eight point lead of their own.

However, a Solent three point shot brought the Ipswich lead back to five, but some crucial defensive stops and smart offensive possessions enabled Ipswich to seal a crucial 84-79 victory.

Coach Nick Drane. “Considering what we were up against today, not only in terms of the level of the opposition, but we the calibre of players missing from our team, to get a win like this is great.”

Ipswich were led by a 31 point, 13 rebound double-double from Welham who was helped by 17 points and eight rebounds from Little. Cazey and Redhead added 13 apiece, while 15-year old Cameron Taylor-Willis recorded 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Ipswich Town are committed to signing loan player Janoi Donacien on a permanent deal once his immigration status is rubber stamped.

Mark Heath, Stuart Watson and Andy Warren are back with the latest episode of the Kings of Anglia Podcast.

Ipswich Hospital patients were treated to a visit from the stars of Ipswich Town as they made their annual trip to give out presents on the wards.

Ipswich Town’s Under 23s drew 3-3 with QPR at Playford Road this afternoon. Andy Warren cast an eye over the Young Blues.

Trevoh Chalobah is confident he can help fill the void left following Cole Skuse’s knee injury.

Ipswich Town will field a strong Under 23 side when they take on QPR at Playford Road this afternoon (1pm).

It’s been another week with more losses – but the double whammy on this occasion is that these have been suffered both on the pitch at Stoke and off the field of play, in the reporting of our latest set of accounts. In all honesty, there’s no surprise in either.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features that second-half comeback at Barnsley which briefly saved Paul Jewell’s job, and a memorable victory at Anfield.....

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