Islington HC vs Cambridge HC

The Cambridge Second team looked to follow their club-mates’ win with a result of their own. They faced an Islington team who had so far enjoyed a good season, winning all three of their matches. The teams led off with an even start, both exchanging goals, but soon Cambridge’s focus began to wane, allowing Islington to exploit a sloppy defence, who soon pulled into a four goal lead. Cambridge, despite having capitalised on large gaps in the Islington wings, were lucky to go into half time only four down – largely thanks to another great performance from goalkeeper Graham Jack. 

Cambridge, who looked unnecessarily rushed and panicked throughout the first half, looked much more composed in the second, with half-backs Mikkel Birch and Fernando Hernandez both utilising gaps in the Islington defence to keep the score respectable, Ultimately, however, Cambridge’s lack of concentration in defence continued to be exposed, and found themselves seven-goals behind with ten-minutes to play. Switching to a labour-intensive but disruptive man-to-man defence disoriented the Islington team briefly, but was not enough to curtail the lead, with Islington finishing with a 34-25 home win.

The Cambridge team will look to rekindle their winning start to the season, hoping to give a much better account of themselves against Newham Flames on January 10th .

London GD vs Cambridge HC

 

 

 

Cambridge Handball Club made their return to the Copper Box, home of 2012 Olympic handball this weekend, as they faced title-contending London GD. For many of the Cambridge team, this was their first time playing in the arena, and against this opposition, and trailed by two goals shortly into the match. Cambridge quickly stopped the rot, and thanks to some quick counter-attacking play from Jose “Pepe” Ballester and Florian Stroehl, Cambridge slowly began to develop a lead over the home team. Frustrated by the lack of space offered by the Cambridge defence in all positions, London GD struggled to maintain discipline, with four players receiving 2-minute suspensions. This allowed the 2014/2015 top-goalscorer Alejandro Garcia to further increase the Cambridge lead, who went into the half time break 17-11 up.

In an attempt to level the scores, London GD formed into a higher, attack-focussed 3-2-1 defence, which Cambridge struggled to exploit. The frustration seemed to get the better of Cambridge, who began to make unnecessary mistakes, and halfway into the second half found their lead reduced to just 3 goals. An outstanding performance by goalkeeper Graham Jack, inspired by his return to the venue he had first witnessed handball some 3 years earlier, kept the score in Cambridge’s favour throughout the game. A tense final ten minutes followed, and despite being man-marked, Zsolt Majoros led the scoring to see Cambridge to a 28-25 lead. 

This was an important win for Cambridge, fielding many players from their development team, including Jean-Daniel Malcor and Kevin Guy, who both gave sound defensive performances. They will look to take positives into their next game, also at the Copper Box, on January 17th. 

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