Docklands put to the sword as Knights inflict first defeat
PUBLISHED: 18:00 03 November 2011
London Docklands slipped to their first defeat since the opening day of the season, going down 3-2 to local rivals London Knights at Bethnal Green SC.
In a neck-and-neck first set, a kill by Malte Rieger eventually sealed a 27-25 win for the visitors.
But Knights, led by Docklands old boy Matt Butterworth, levelled the overall score when Roberto Alvarez’s ace sealed a 25-21 win and the home side carried the momentum into set three, winning by the same score.
Docklands looked to be heading for defeat, but responded with some varied middle hitting by Mark Baechli, backed up by solid passing from libero Matthias Gilch and took a 7-4 lead.
But Knights managed to peg back Docklands and with Alvarez proving to be a handful at the net, a time-out was called at 18-17 down.
The interruption helped steady the Docklands ship and three quick-fire points gave them an advantage, before captain Alessandro Galli took the match into a fifth set with a powerful spike to secure a 25-21 score.
The visitors won the first point in the decider, but then proceeded to lose six in a row and eventually fell to a 15-7 defeat.
Coach Danny Primus (right) said: “We were second best today and Knights just wanted it more than us.
“It’s a big disappointment, but we still have a chance (of promotion). We’ve just made it much harder for ourselves now.”
Docklands face a daunting trip to the Kingston College Arena on Saturday, where they take on third-placed Richmond, as they bid to get their promotion push back on track.
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