25th September 2017
Warrington Wolves stay top of the Men’s Premier Handball League, ahead of London GD on goal difference.
Wolves beat Nottingham, while GD won against Eagles. The other matches saw NEM Hawks secure victory against Cambridge and Olympia beat Liverpool.
Wolves won 35-24 at Nottingham. Injuries to Rafik Tahraoui, Aden Woodall and Sebi Hesk, meant Wolves were reliant on their younger emerging players for the game, ably supported the experienced Liam Welsby and Chris McDermott. Wolves started well and raced to 4-0 lead. Nottingham rallied and started to peg the scores back, and led 9-8 on the 20-minute mark. Wolves steadied their nerves and, with Jacob Maxted in good form, held a 15-12 advantage at the break. Wolves dominated the second half with great displays from goalkeeper Ashley Jones, man-of-the-match Nik Tan, and a resurgent Nate green. Green and Maxted scored seven goals apiece for Wolves, and McDermott found the back of the net six times. Nottingham’s Filipe Pereira top-scored in the match with eight strikes, while Jose Fragona beat the keeper five times. Nottingham are bottom of the table but have played just one match.
GD beat Eagles 33-19 to join Wolves on six point from two games. GD led 13-9 at half time, before pulling away from Eagles in the second half. Alexander Rauner top-scored for GD with seven goals, while Kamil Daren notched five times for Eagles. Eagles sit in sixth with two points from two matches.
Ryan Goodwin scored 13 goals for NEM Hawks as they beat Cambridge 33-29. Hawks held an eight-point lead at half time as the scores stood at 21-13. Cambridge, for whom Alejandro Costa Garcia scored 12 goals, fought back after the break bit it was Hawks who claimed maximum points. The win moves Hawks up to fourth, level on points with Cambridge, but behind the East Anglian side on goal difference.
Promoted Liverpool lost 16-31 to Olympia, who like Nottingham were playing their first match of the season. Liverpool trailed by just two goals at the break with the score 12-14 at half time. However, Olympia dominated the second period, scoring 17 goals to Liverpool’s two. Corner Grigorie top scored for Olympia with seven goals, while Santos scored 11 of Liverpool’s goals.