Eagles make it easy for NEM Hawks
West London, looking for only their second league win of the season, hoped to upset the travelling Hawks team in this re-arranged fixture.
Without star back player Lucas Carstens and coach Marc Fayemi meant the remaining Eagles players had to step up to the mark. To the frustrations of stand-in coach Fabien Colette the Eagles did exactly the opposite.
NEM Hawks, known for their fast-paced style, came out of the blocks quickly with Harry Morley scoring 5 of their opening 8 games. Eagles had little answer for Hawks’ attack with Romualdas Sakovicius and Gilbert Lewis, making his first appearance since dislocating his shoulder in January, kept the scoreboard ticking over for Eagles however they could do little to match NEM Hawks.
A period of three two-minute suspensions over six first-half minutes, for Saimonas Urbutis and Luke Scholz, made it even more difficult for West London. At half time Hawks led, having scored sixteen, with Eagles only mustering eight goals.
In the second half however, Eagles did begin to string some play together, particularly in defence; their only downfall being a lack of composure in attack even with Urbitis top-scoring in the second half with three goals. West London matched Hawks for much of the second half but could do nothing to pull back the deficit. The final score ended 30-19 for Eagles’ fifth consecutive defeat.
West London move on to two games that are likely to hotly contested against fellow Premier League Handball strugglers Nottingham and Liverpool. Although a result from either game should be enough to secure safety for another season.