Eagles men finally end losing streak
By User 2485153
The final road trip up to Manchester of the Premier Handball League season for the Eagles was a bottom of the table clash.
With both West London and Liverpool without a win they were both desperate for the 3 points and with some key players missing from the Eagles line up they knew this would be no easy task.
The game was off to a very slow start with no goal in the first 5 minutes with both goalkeepers making great saves. However, Lucas Ducrot broke the dead lock with 2 quick fire goals in the 6th minute. The Eagles showed some very good defence against some different tactics from Liverpool, who played with 2 line players for most of the first half, but the Eagles showed speed in turning defence into attack. They proved to be too quick for the returning Liverpool defence on the fast break and scored a majority of their first half goals in this manner to take a 9-14 lead into the half time break.
The second half carried on from the first with the Eagles only conceding 1 goal in the first 8 minutes. Then Liverpool started to trouble the defence and Eagles would make it hard for themselves through ill-discipline with Tony Sharp, Lucas Carstens, Daniel Rushton and Razvan Mihaila all receiving consecutive 2 minute suspensions to the disgust of coach Marc Fayemi.
This gave Liverpool some hope and they clawed their way back to a 3-goal deficit. It was all becoming a little too familiar for the Eagles having already blown several second half leads this season.
Unfortunately for Liverpool that’s as close as they would get to the lead and once back to 7 on court the Eagles got back into their rhythm and saw the game out for a 21-17 victory. The feeling after the game of more relief than anything that the Eagles would not go the first half of the season without a win in a competitive match.
West London will be looking to finish the year off with another win against Manchester HC in the National Cup on Sunday 17th of December, hoping this result is a good sign for a much improved second half of the season.