Three and easy Docklands sweep sorry Solent aside

PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 November 2011

Mark Baechli

Mark Baechli


London Docklands came out on top in this second versus fourth clash against SGTV Solent 1 in National League Division one.

With Newcastle Staffs (first) and London Knights (third) also facing each other later on in the day, Docklands’ victory was crucial in their quest to bounce straight back up into the Super8s.

Docklands coach Danny Primus’ side made a bright start, leading 9-6 after a deft tip by Platon Vogiatzoglou.

However, as Docklands relaxed, Solent upped their game and pressure from the service line drew out three consecutive Docklands’ errors and the scores were tied at 11-11.

A powerful kill by Solent captain Simon Trueick and an ace by Ivan Vatolik helped the visitors take a 15-12 lead, but a towering block by man-of-the-match Mark Baechli on Kostadin Stoimenev gave Docklands some momentum.

Baechli went on a run of six serves, piling the pressure on Solent as they saw their first-set chances crumble.

In the end a block by Malte Rieger sealed the set 25-18 for Docklands.

Solent had a disastrous start to set two after an ace by Marc Schaepertoens and four Solent errors saw Docklands take a 5-0 lead.

Docklands didn’t let up and punished some slack Solent play to lead 15-6 after another Baechli ace.

Solent threatened a comeback, but Docklands were always in control and a precise kill by Pawel Stankiewicz completed the set 25-17.

Solent went 4-0 ahead at the start of the third set, however, a solid sequence of serves by Matthias Gilch helped Docklands recover to sneak 5-4 ahead.

The game remained balanced until two consecutive aces by Bobby Hudson took Solent into the second technical time-out 16-13 to the good.

Another block by Baechli sparked Docklands back into life as a clever Gilch hit off the Solent block tied the scores at 19-19.

The momentum was all with Docklands and a smash by Tomas Wenzel gave the home side the crucial two-point cushion at 23-21.

Solent saved one match point so it was left to Vogiatzoglou to hit the winning point.

Primus said afterwards: “That was our best performance of the season so far, but we can still improve.

It was a great team victory and everyone played their part”.

Docklands now have two weeks to prepare for the long trip to Dewsbury in another critical test. Three and easy Docklands sweep sorry Solent aside

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