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Flames pick up second league win to move off the bottom

17:23 29 January 2013

Newham Flames handball squad intend to fulfil their London Handball League programme until the end of the season

Newham Flames handball squad intend to fulfil their London Handball League programme until the end of the season

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Newham Flames’ 25-22 win over Imperial Eagles saw them move two places up the SportHouse London Handball League.

Newham Flames Handball Club recorded their second league win in the SportHouse London Handball League with a 25-22 success over Imperial Eagles on Saturday.

The club have not had their training session since December 20 last year due to lack of funding and support, took the game to the more experienced Eagles in the early stages with strong defence and fast counter attacking.

With limited resources and only one sub on the bench the task was even more difficult when half way through the first half the goalkeeper of Newham Flames Dan Nicolae Dragu was sent off for colliding with Imperial Eagles counter attacking player.

Aleksanders Rogozovs, who just turned 18 was called in and put his body on the line of some very strong shots, keeping the Flames in the game with a string of exceptional saves.

A change of tactics from the opposition allowed them to slowly claw their way back into the game and within two goals.

However, clever thinking by Flames coach Konrad Markwardt saw them play with more width and more direct running towards the goal, which took tgame out of reach for the Eagles.

This win was a sweet revenge for Newham Flames who lost their previous game against Imperial Eagles by a solitary goal.

After the game coach of Newham Flames Konrad Markwardt said: “I am extremely proud of the boys, they gave it all and fought hard.

“Today we won by playing as a team, we fought for each other and we fought for every ball. Yes we don`t have a venue to train or money to pay for the hall hire but we have good bonding and team spirit.

“What made it even more pleasing is to see local lads like Roy Edmans, Donatas Petrauskas and Anish Somasekaram who started their handball with Newham Flames as kids have returned and are back in the team.”

The win over Imperial Eagles lifted Newham Flames off the bottom of the table by two places to fifth, only two points behind Ruislip Eagles II and four behind promotion chasing Olympia.

The scorers for Newham Flames were: Roy Edmans and Dainius Vigraitis with six, Gaetan Halais four, Donatas Petrauskas and Anish Somasekaram 3, while Colin Littlewood added two, and Markwardt one.

They will play their next league game against UCLU on 16th February 2013, the venue is the Sporthouse in Barking, throw off time is 6:30pm.

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