Double Defeat in Final Games of 2016
Monday 12 December 2016 20:07
West London Eagles II 21 v 35 Thames Handball Club
The men’s second team slipped to a disappointing defeat to unbeaten league leaders Thames over the weekend. West London started well, leading through the first 10 minutes with Thames struggling to find a rhythm. However, this bright start soon faded as Thames switched to a 5-1 defence to deal with left-back Zoltan Vladika. Eagles, unable to cope with the disruption managed only 3 further goals in the half; the half-time score 7-15.
After the break, Thames continued their 5-1 defence but Eagles began to find answers, pulling themselves to within 6 goals, however three suspensions in the space of seven minutes allowed Thames to further their lead. The young Eagles team were simply unable to match the 1-on-1 nature of the opposition. Inside the final five minutes Thames received all three of their two minute suspensions allowing Eagles to save some face in a game to forget. The final score 21-35, leaving Eagles bottom of the table although with a game in hand over those above them.
They return to action on the 21st January with the return fixture against Thames.
West London Eagles I 26 v 30 Warrington Wolves
League leaders Warrington came away with a hard-fought win over a makeshift Eagles side to close out 2016 for both teams. With right-back Romualdas Sakovičius on his long-awaited honeymoon and player-coach Marc Fayemi ruled out through injury it was always going to be an uphill struggle against a side who had only lost once this season.
Both teams started well with the momentum swinging between both; Warrington struggling to deal with the back-court shots from Marc Hawkins and Joachim Ernst whilst Eagles were caught out too many times on second wave attacks when returning to defence. A poor defensive performance for both teams meant the half-time score was 14-16 to Wolves.
The second half was much improved and tougher on both sides; Warrington switching to a 5-1 defence to try to stifle Hawkins in attack however it did little to dampen the Eagles offence. The introduction of Attila Penics also saw a stronger Eagles defence as well. But it was the case of missed opportunity for Eagles who, having missed two penalties and rushed too many attacks were unable to close the gap to Warrington, only extending their lead to four in the closing minutes.
A spirited performance from the Eagles but the loss means they miss out on the top spot at Christmas. Instead they sit 4th, two points behind Warrington and one point behind NEM Hawks and Cambridge.
Eagles will open 2017 away to Coventry Sharks on the 15th January.