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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Manchester Edge Past Rivals in League Thriller

MANCHESTER Handball Club scraped past rivals Nottingham University 19-18 to maintain top spot in the Northern Section of the Men’s English League.

With just eight players available for the clash, Manchester’s difficult task was made even harder when Rybak was injured early in the game while scoring his first and last goal of the game.

Nottingham took an early lead and went 4-1 ahead before Manchester reacted and drew level.

The Manchester team looked slow. Apart from Liatouji who stood out with eight goals and goalkeeper Belus, the rest of the Mancunians played below their normal level and rarely presented a serious threat to a Nottingham team with an in-form goalkeeper who made seven six-metre saves.

But the Mancunians' defence was strong and a few fast breaks allowed them to build a lead of four goals at half time (11-7).

The second half saw Nottingham narrow the deficit to one or two goals for most of the match and with three minutes left, the three-goal advantage was narrowed down to just one with two consecutive passive play offences dished out to Manchester.

The last seconds of the game were tense, but Manchester kept the lead and overall deserved to win this match.

Elsewhere in the Northern Section, Salford remain unbeaten this season after notching up a 37-22 victory over Deva at Sugden in Manchester.

Great Britain Under-21 ace Aden Woodall scored 16 goals in the win, while fellow GB youngster Jack Hennessey added eight goals.

And the University of Manchester beat Liverpool Speke Garston 27-20 at Greenbank.

* Title hopefuls Nottingham University will be aiming to boost their bid for the Northern Section when they play host to rivals Salford at home on Sunday.

Unbeaten Salford will need to be at their best for the clash against ever-improving Nottingham, who will be aiming to get back to winning ways after losing by just one goal to table-topping Manchester last weekend.

Elsewhere, at Greenbank Academy in Liverpool Deva take on Manchester university, while Liverpool Wolves play Manchester.

And in the South, Great Dane take on Olympia in the Women’s League at 12noon at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre before Olympia and Great Dane men’s teams meet at 2pm at the same venue.

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