by Robbie Armstrong
USW hosted Southampton Solent at the Sport Park hoping to put last week’s defeat to Plymouth behind them.
The teams were only separated by two points going into the game so a win could have moved USW above Solent.
It was a fast start for USW, keeping Solent penned into their own half and creating opportunities in the first couple of minutes but not capitalising on them.
Solent looked good on the counter-attack in the opening exchanges but possession was a rarity for them. However, when they did get hold of the ball they scored.
5-5 was the score halfway through the first quarter, and both teams showed good attacking quality.
At the end of the first quarter USW had a one goal cushion leading Solent 7-6; USW having the better and majority of the chances but not making enough of them count.
The visitors burst out of the blocks in the second quarter, overturning the deficit to take an 8-7 lead in the first minute of the second quarter.
The game was turning into a real battle with USW coming back to lead once more and Solent doing the same.
At the halfway mark the score was 17-14 in favour of the away side.
This suited Solent. USW were failing in their comeback attempt in the third quarter, despite getting into good
areas and creating chances but still not capitalising on enough of them.
Going into the last quarter Solent led USW by 25 points to 20. USW needed to mount a serious challenge to get back into the game, but Solent nullified their attempts.
The final score was 35-27 to Solent and a lack of clinical finishing in the D was the difference between the two sides.
USW travel to Southampton University next week hoping to improve on today’s result.