There seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel for Nikita Piggott and her Loughborough Lightning in the English Netball Super League.
The Barbadian shooting ace was in silky touch during the weekend, netting 22 goals out of 25 attempts, but her team suffered loss number nine, going down 52-45 to the Manchester Thunder, last year’s Super League champions.
Lightning made a number of changes to the line-up following last week’s defeat against Team Northumbria, including the return of Jamaican Vanessa Walker to resume her goal shooting partnership with Piggott. This appeared to be working to great effect in the first quarter with Lightning leading by one point.
But changes to the home team’s defence for the second quarter reduced Lightning’s scoring opportunities, and with Alice Travis and Kathryn Turner finding their range Thunder took the lead, 29-23 at half time.
Hannah Joseph and Jamaican Afrika Morris came on after half time and kept Lightning in the match, alongside Beth Payne who once again was in great goal scoring form in the fourth quarter.
However despite a much improved team effort, Lightning were unable to reduce the deficit eventually falling short by seven goals.
Walker had 16 goals from 20 attempts.