Docklands up to second spot after Birmingham bashing
PUBLISHED: 11:58 26 October 2012
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London Docklands moved up to second place in National League Division One after a convincing win against Birmingham.
The visitors played in the Super-8s last season, but only survived one year in the top flight and are still looking for their first win of the season after four matches.
Docklands gifted Birmingham the first two points but then stamped their authority on the game to rush into an 8-2 lead.
Dominant blocking by Slawek Omlyski and Platon Vogiatzoglou left Birmingham with nowhere to go and the pressure forced more and more errors from the visitors.
Birmingham failed to win another service point as Docklands cruised to a 25-8 first-set win.
Raul Sanchez Galan came on to make his Docklands debut at the start of set two and his range and array of shots caused Birmingham problems from the beginning.
In-form Docklands captain Mark Baechli maintained the service pressure on a fragile Birmingham passing unit and his run of seven serves at the start of the set helped his side to open up a 7-0 lead.
Birmingham did eventually register on the scoreboard but the damage was already done.
Omlyski got himself in on the serving act with three aces in a row to seal a 25-13 second-set win.
Birmingham made more of a fight of it in set three and forced Docklands to work harder for their victory.
The visitors held on until 20-20 but a run of four serves by Baechli snuffed out any hope they had and Docklands took the final set 25-20.
Delighbted Docklands coach Andy Hopper said: “That was a good solid performance by the whole squad.
“In these sorts of matches it’s key that you maintain your own level and we did that throughout.”
Docklands’ next fixture is away to Nottingham, whose only victory so far this season was against Birmingham.
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