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Report: Manchester United Women 0-1 Bristol City Women

Ebony Salmon’s first half strike saw the Robins overcome Manchester United Women 1-0 in an inspired performance at Leigh Sports Village.


WHAT HAPPENED

Evans got the Flyers going with a mid-range pull up, followed by a deep three. The Patriots responded with a couple of tough threes of their own to keep the game close before Corey Samuels found Delpeche on the lob for a pretty, alley-oop slam to close the first quarter.

Shane Walker splashed in a three to start the second, then found Delpeche under the basket with a bullet pass for a layup. Later, Jacob elevated above the rim to drop in the layup plus the foul and sunk the free throw, then continued the acrobatics with a fast break dunk, extending Bristol’s run to 10-0. Patriots responded with a run of their own, closing the first half 34-29 in favour of the Flyers.

Jacob kicked off the third with a spot up three, then got to the line to put the Flyers up by 10. Jacob continued to break down the defence with another dynamic drive to the basket to earn a trip to the charity stripe, where he made the first and missed the second, but chased down the loose ball to setup a Shane Walker triple. After some traded buckets, Marcus Evans put his defender in a spin-cycle and stopped on a dime to float one up over the big man, then went coast-to-coast to find the basket on an off-balance finger roll finish, before making another run down the floor to knock down a highly-contested jumper, closing the third.

A sensational start to the fourth saw Delpeche take off to flush down a lob from Zach Simmons. Jacob weaved his way inside off of some poetic screen play for the reverse and then stepped off another to drill the triple, wrapping up an emphatic home win.


turning point

The Flyers got hot in the third off the back of some great play from Trejon Jacob. However, it was the cohesion of the team that saw them really pull away in the quarter as it seemed almost every pass they made led to a basket.


PLAYER OF THE GAME

Trejon Jacob was everywhere, infecting every play with his never-say-die attitude. He accumulated 16 points, 10 boards, five assists and two steals and threw himself at every loose ball in sight. 


key stats

Flyers dominated with their inside play as they bullied their way to 44 points in the paint against Plymouth’s 20, as well as out-rebounding the Patriots by 14 with a total of 48 boards.

Bristol were also able to notch 18 assists as opposed to the Patriots’ 11, proving that they were the more connected team in this contest. 


WHAT COACH SAID


who's next?

Up next is the Newcastle Eagles in the first of what will be a six-game road trip for the Flyers, before they eventually return home to face the Leicester Riders on Friday, January 7th in the BBL Trophy. 

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