More woe for Docklands
NATIONAL LEAGUE ONE Polonia 3 Docklands 0 DOCKLANDS suffered their second defeat in a week against west London rivals London Polonia. After a dramatic five set match last weekend in the cup quarter final, Docklands, who welcomed back Matt Mills were looki
NATIONAL LEAGUE ONE
Polonia 3 Docklands 0
DOCKLANDS suffered their second defeat in a week against west London rivals London Polonia.
After a dramatic five set match last weekend in the cup quarter final, Docklands, who welcomed back Matt Mills were looking for revenge in the league match at St Benedict's.
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After losing the first set 25-22, the critical phase of the match occurred at the end of set two.
Yassir Sliti blocked Jakub Jablonski, forcing Polonia coach Krzyz Hykiel to call his second time out with the hosts 22-19 behind.
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They closed to within a point, but Sliti restored Docklands' advantage only for Luciano Pinter to score three points in a row.
At 24-23, he then had a swing to win the set but Sliti shut him out to tie the scores. The teams exchanged points before a Docklands error gifted Polonia their third set point, which they took.
Sets three was once again a comfortable triumph for Polonia as they eased home 25-19.
Matt Butterworth was one of few highlights for Docklands as he was always a threat at the net and rarely beaten by Polonia's middle attackers.
However, for his good all-round game, Mohammed Sliti was awarded Docklands' Black Knight award.
Docklands' coach, Ian Legrand, said afterwards. "We never really got started today and that was disappointing.
"Our game was too inconsistent and we really need to improve before next week's crucial match."
Docklands entertain Newcastle Staffs in a must-win at Bacons College on Saturday.