16th January 2019
Carshalton Titans Handball Club will head into this weekend’s quarter-final of the Mens’ National Cup aiming for a David-against-Goliath story.
The National League South side, the only non-top tier side left in the competition, face five-time former winners, and Premier Handball League outfit, Warrington Wolves.
Titans’ free-scoring exploits have made handball watchers sit up and take notice. The Surrey-based team has regularly put 30 or 40 goals past opponents this season. They go into the clash against Wolves having already dispatched one Premier Handball League side in the National Cup, when they defeated Brighton Seahawks in the round of 16.
Head coach Thomas Andersen says the club are breaking new ground, commenting: “For us it’s a massive story. We’ve never beaten a Premier Handball League team before, we’ve never got to the quarter finals. We’ve surpassed what we’ve done previously, so now we’re allowed to dream a bit.”
Titans’ left winger Regis Dore is normally the top name on the scoresheet, with 11 in the victory over Brighton. Andersen, who also pays tribute to the rest of the team, says Dore is a natural poacher adding: “He scores about 10 goals each game. He’s always there at the right time to score the goal.”
In the first round of the National Cup, Titans defeated Bristol Spartans by a stunning margin of 40-9. Andersen says the secret to Titans’ success is the depth of the club, especially in the junior ranks who are able to play at the senior level.
He said: “It’s amazing to see players going from the youth or Under-19 leagues up to the men’s, because they haven’t had [any problems]. Quite often there are size issues, or confidence issues, but we just haven’t had that with our youth and Under-19 players.”
Irrespective of the result in the National Cup quarter-final, Titans’ ambition in the league is clear, to win promotion to the Premier Handball League. Looking forward, Andersen thinks the match to decide promotion could be against Liverpool. He said: “This is the most success we’ve had at Carshalton Titans – we just want to continue that!”