Carol Anne Trolls finally showed what they are made of with their first win of the season in the North Devon Netball League.
They have struggled with injuries and illness but last night saw the return of shooters Annette Huxtable and Sue Wheaton.
The difference was immediately noticeable as Trolls scored 48 goals to beat Pat Williams Girls by 24 in Division One.
Even when Huxtable and Wheaton could not find the target, Trolls defended well up the court and player of the match Beth Miles often turned over possession.
Pat Williams were a little shell-shocked initially as Trolls stormed ahead, but after the first break they kept up with the pace for the next 10 goals.
That continued at the beginning of each of the subsequent quarters, but they could not quite maintain the level throughout despite the superb efforts of Jodie Wrey.
New recruit Claire Feehan led Blue Oasis to a 37-25 victory against Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks.
Woolacombe were a player short but played their part in a competitive game, with only one goal separating the teams after the first half.
In the third quarter, Blue Oasis passed the ball accurately and forced errors on which they capitalised to win the period 14-0.
Woolacombe won the final quarter 9-6 but the damage had been done.
Titans teams faced each other in Division Two, with Pluto taking the points against Voyager.
Great movement and shooting by Georgia Morris and Stacey Prosser gave Voyager hope but Pluto's Emily Risden was strong in attack and Heloise Johnson was on top form in the circle.
Pluto pulled clear as the match went on and eventually won 44-24.
Bude Stars maintained their unbeaten record with Rebecca Cuthbertson their most influential player in a win over Instant Images Embroidery.
Captain Penny Collis did her job to lead Venners Bakery Anacondas to victory against Reeds Silverside.
Georgeham Rocks were already a player short against Carol Anne Quartz in Division Three when an injury early on left them with only five.
Quartz capitalised but Georgeham made them work for a 48-16 win that lifted them to third place behind Chivenor Netters and Coodes Cougars who both had convincing wins.
North Devon Homes Stars edged past Carol Anne Opals 33-32 to move into second place in Division Four.
Opals have a game in hand and could retake the position if they finish the first half of the season with a victory.
Gater Girls and Venners Bakery Dodging Donuts also crept up the table by defeating Carol Anne Jets and Amethysts respectively.
Div 1: Carol Anne Trolls 48 (Beth Miles) Pat Williams Girls 24 (Jodie Wrey), Blue Oasis 37 (Claire Feehan) Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks 25 (Charlotte Jeffery).
Div 2: Bude Stars 48 (Rebecca Cuthbertson) Instant Images Embroidery 13 (Charlotte Riley), Titans Pluto 44 (Heloise Johnson) Titans Voyager 24 (Georgia Morris, Stacey Prosser), Venners Bakery Anacondas 30 (Penny Collis) Reeds Silverside 16 (Steph Batstone).
Div 3: Carol Anne Quartz 48 (Lauren Huggins) Georgeham Rocks 16 (Gemma Adams), Coodes Cougars 31 (Louise Jollow) Venners Bakery Misfits 18 (Sara Barnes), Chivenor Netters 27 (Liezl Hugo) Carol Anne Golds 11 (Keziah Hoskin).
Div 4: Venners Bakery Dodging Donuts 43 (Lucy Friend) Carol Anne Amethysts 39 (Jasmine Smale), North Devon Homes Stars 33 Carol Anne Opals 32 (Courtney Southworth), Gaters Girls 29 (Hayley Reed) Carol Anne Jets 12, Langtree Re-Unites Raiders 28 (Tessa Hutton) Hartland Harriers 17 (Charlotte Worby).