High hopes for the Eagles in 2018 after winning two in a row
West London men never looked like losing to a strong Manchester team in the final game of 2017, however they didn’t looking like running away with the game either.
The Manchester team, sitting second in the EHA Championship North, came down to London to face the Eagles who are seventh in the Premier Handball League. This was a must win game for Eagles who were looking for the second win of the season to end the year on a positive result.
In attack West London started strong with Gilbert Lewis scoring 4 goals in the first half and Luke Scholz and Lucas Carstens scoring 3 each as well as creating chances for the wingers. The aggressive defence from Manchester was apparent from the starting minutes as they defended rough in the centre conceding a 2 minute suspension in one of the first few Eagle attacks of the game. However, West London were unable to capitalise due to a new back three combination taking time to settle into running set plays.
Throughout the first half the defence struggled against Manchester's number 77, Mads Traberg, scoring 4 goals in the first half and constantly being a threat to the Eagles defence, ending the game with 8 goals. After a good start the porous defence would soon come to haunt the Eagles. A period of several unlucky shots from the Eagles allowed Manchester to close the gap down between the two teams. The score at half-time 15-12 for the Eagles.
Despite Eagles 3 goal lead at halftime, Manchester were able to build a comeback after 3 two-minute suspension for the Eagles in the second half. The game was at a stalemate as both teams were scoring attack after attack, keeping the game intense and close till the last whistle. Again, the duo of Lucas Carstens and Romauldus Sakovicius saw Eagles taking a 1 goal lead with 1 minutes to go and the ball in their possession. In the last minute of the game coach Marc Fayemi sent on the newcomer and debutant Reimo Rand on the right wing. In the first phase of play he drove inside and scored the goal that clinched the second win of the season for the Eagles and a great ending to 2017.
West London will be looking to maintain winning form in 2018 with a win against Cambridge in the Premier League on Saturday 6th of January.