Eagles’ League Struggle Continues
Wednesday 5 April 2017 18:58
All three West London Eagles teams continued their struggle in the league at the weekend with a trio of defeats against Cambridge Handball Club.
The Men’s second team closed out their league campaign with a 16-24 defeat in a bottom of the table clash; a result that now leaves them eligible for relegation into the second tier of South East competition for next year. Despite leading 11-9 at half-time a poor second half showing allowed Cambridge to easily secure their league safety for 2018 by a single point. However, the team still have their League Cup semi-final against London GD II on April 22nd to look forward to, with Reading Lions awaiting in the final for the winner.
The women’s team, who last avoided defeat in the league in a 29-29 draw with Coventry Sharks on the 15th of January, suffered a similar fate losing 16-30; giving Cambridge only their second league win of the season. After a strong start, which included some inspired goalkeeping from both Anette Utby and Olgunn Tunheim, a red card to Erika Recska and a slow beginning to the second half allowed Cambridge to easily close out the win.
The men’s first team suffered an agonising final minute defeat losing 28-29 and will be left wondering how they allowed Cambridge to come back from a 3-goal deficit at half-time. A superb first-half performance saw them leading by 5 goals at one point, however indiscipline crept in and Cambridge had closed the gap slightly by half-time. In the second half, the lack of discipline continued with David Sedlacek receiving a 4-minute suspension in the 39th minute, and when combined with some bad luck for the Eagles’ shooters - hitting the woodwork half a dozen times - Cambridge hauled themselves back into the lead with West London unable to equalise in the final attack of the game. The men’s team have now suffered a 6-game losing streak in all competitions with their previous win coming against this weekend’s opponents, Nottingham, in January.