2nd March 2020
Nottingham beat Cambridge to stay top of the Men’s Premier Handball League, while second-place NEM Hawks won the North-west derby against Warrington Wolves.
London GD took maximum points against Carshalton Titans, and Olympia made it two wins-in-a-row with victory over West London Eagles.
Nottingham ran out 35-27 winners at Cambridge. The East Midlands team pulled away in the second period after a close-fought first half finished 16-14 in their favour. Benjamin Heldard top scored for Nottingham with nine goals, while the ever-reliable Francisco Pereira weighed in with eight strikes. Alejandro Garcia Costa and Tobias Barker scored six apiece for Cambridge. Cambridge remain in sixth spot.
Warrington Wolves missed the chance to leapfrog Cambridge after losing to local rivals NEM Hawks 32-35. Hawks held a five-goal 20-15 advantage at the break. Wolves had the better of the second period, but were unable to fully reduce the deficit. Jake Williams and Carl Barnes both bagged nine goals for Hawks, and Charlie Fletcher beat the keeper seven times. Aaron Bradley-Shankar’s six goals saw him top score for Wolves, while Frazer Muir, Louis Christie and Reuben Wardle all hit the back of the net five times.
GD stay third after a 27-15 win against Titans, extending their lead in the second half after they went into the break 13-8 ahead. Francisco Cuenca hit the target six times for GD, while Viktor Bruhn scored five goals. Tyler Gilborn headed the scoring charts for Titans with five goals. Titans stay in fifth spot.
Olympia beat bottom side West London Eagles 36-14. Olympia dominated the second half, scoring 20 goals to Eagles’ four. Olympia spread the goals around. Tomasz Chwajta scored six, while Daniel Bereznicu, Veselin Georgiev and Pavel Tatarintsev all beat the keeper five times. Lorenz Berberich scored six for Eagles. Olympia remain in fourth place.