Docklands stay bottom after fifth loss
LONDON DOCKLANDS suffered their fourth defeat of the season as they were beaten in straight sets by high flying Leeds Carnegie on Saturday.
A close first set at Beckett’s Park was eventually won by Leeds after Docklands threw away a 23-21 lead to lose the set 24-26.
Matteo Cottignoli impressed against a typically strong Leeds serve, while setter Andy Vincett distributed well time and again to hitters Mohammed Sliti and George Uzunov, who looked to be in good form.
However, the disappointment of dropping that first set was to prove the pivotal moment of the match.
The visitors are without a league point all season and losing out after being so close to taking that first set was a position they never really recovered from.
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The hosts were ruthless in the second and third sets, winning 25-17 and 25-13 respectively as the visitors struggled to cope with the Leeds serve, which limited their attacking options, with the Leeds block and defence proving to be very effective.
The win left Leeds level on points with Sheffield at the top of the men’s Super 8 table, with both sides having won five out of five.
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Meanwhile, Docklands remain rooted to the foot of the table with no points, having won just a solitary set in their opening four games of the season.
Their next league encounter on November 13 sees Docklands travel to the Alan Higgs Centre to take on fellow strugglers Coventry & Warwick Riga, who are also without a point from their opening four games.
However, Docklands will be grateful to put their league woes to one side on Saturday, when they take on Second Division Brentwood Estonians at Talacre, Kentish Town in the second round of the National Cup.
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