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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Play-offs Turn into Two-Horse Race

THE race for the English Men’s League title is a two-horse race heading into the final set of matches, after Ruislip Eagles beat former table-toppers Salford at Greenbank Sports Academy in Liverpool on Sunday.

Ruislip won 31-24 over Salford to ensure they are level on points with leaders Great Dane.

And they will have high hopes of snatching the title on the final day of the season, with their final match being against bottom of the league Nottingham University, while Great Dane must play Salford.

The Eagles kept their hopes of the title alive with a hard-fought match against Salford.

Ahead 7-13 at the break, they kept the pressure up to win by seven, with Aliksander Tighzer top-scoring with eight goals and Teyu Christin Nguelo (pictured) scoring seven. Stuart Latchford scored eight for Salford, but it was not enough.

Great Dane eased past Manchester in their penultimate match of the play-offs, but it took a second half push to seal the win having only led 10-13 at the break. Philip scored nine times for the London side.

Fourth-placed Olympia maintained their hopes of climbing to third and securing a spot in European competition with a 23-18 victory over a Nottingham University side which battled hard.

Aurelian Gug scored seven times for Olympia, while Jon Mardaras netted eight for Nottingham, who battled the whole match with just seven players available.

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