Eagles fly away with points

NATIONAL ONE London Docklands 0 Malory Eagles 3 LONDON DOCKLANDS were made to pay for a critical lapse in concentration on Saturday as they lost important ground on National One league leaders Sheffield. After losing the first set 25-15, the critical pha

NATIONAL ONE

London Docklands 0

Malory Eagles 3

LONDON DOCKLANDS were made to pay for a critical lapse in concentration on Saturday as they lost important ground on National One league leaders Sheffield.


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After losing the first set 25-15, the critical phase of the match began when Docklands went 22-14 up in the second.

With captain Alexis Blair helping Docklands into a strong lead with a service run and both Mohammed Sliti and Wayne Davies scoring freely at the net, it looked as though Docklands had recovered from their slow start.

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In set two however, Docklands matched the visitors point-for-point until three kills in row saw them go 14-11 up.

Blair's run then helped Docklands pull further away but their game imploded as a 22-15 lead was slowly whittle away until the scores were tied at 23-apiece.

Docklands saved one set point but couldn't stop the inevitable 26-24 defeat.

The home side came out fighting at the start of set three with a Blair block on Mark Brown and an ace by Boris Halatchev taking them 4-0 ahead.

Some clever hitting by Darius Setsoafia saw Malory quickly back into the set and and errors crept into the hosts game once more as they trailed 21-15.

A run of Sliti serves helped narrow the gap to 22-20 but a concentration lapse saw Malory close the set out 25-21.

Docklands, who named Wayne Davis as man of the match, host Polonia Ealing at Bacon's College on Saturday.

Docklands: Uzunov, Davies, Vincett, Halatchev, Senatore, Blake, Sliti, Blair, Di Bella, Cottignoli.

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