Superleague 2015: Loughborough Lightning claim first win

Loughborough Lightning v Celtic Dragons
Loughborough finished bottom of the Superleague table last season

Loughborough Lightning beat Celtic Dragons to claim their first Superleague victory for 20 months.

Lightning lost all 14 matches last season and could only win once during the 2013 campaign.

Now under the leadership of ex-England player Karen Atkinson, Loughborough ended their unwanted record on Monday with a 58-44 victory over Dragons.

In other round three results, there were wins for Surrey Storm, Manchester Thunder and Yorkshire Jets.

Pamela Cookey's Surrey inflicted a 56-42 defeat on her former club Team Bath, while champions Thunder beat Hertfordshire Mavericks 49-42 to move top of the standings.

The Jets claimed their second victory from three games against Team Northumbria, winning 59-45.

Monday's results mean Loughborough move off the bottom of the table and Atkinson said: "We're unbelievably excited to come away with the win.

"It's fantastic for the girls, and for everyone at Lightning, having not had a win last season.

"It was a really tough game. The Dragons pushed us all the way but we kept calm under pressure. I'm extremely proud."

Superleague 2015 - Round three results
Manchester Thunder 49-42 Hertfordshire MavericksTeam Northumbria 45-59 Yorkshire Jets
Loughborough Lightning 58-44 Celtic DragonsTeam Bath 42-56Surrey Storm
Superleague 2015 - Round four fixtures
13 Feb - Team Bath v Hertfordshire Mavericks13 Feb - Yorkshire Jets v Manchester Thunder
14 Feb - Surrey Storm v Celtic Dragons16 Feb - Team Northumbria v Loughborough Lightning

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