Richmond Men’s enjoyed a strong weekend with crucial National League victories for both Docklands and Bucks.
Richmond Bucks kicked off the weekend with a comprehensive 3-0 away win against Weymouth Beach VC. Peter Soczewka’s squad produced a very professional display to move up to third place in the league. MVP was awarded to Enrique Bello.
Richmond Docklands gained revenge over Durham Palatinates after the opening day defeat in the north east. Marcel Sivak’s side bamboozled their opponents in the first set 25-14 – Renan Ribeiro scored three consecutive aces in a dominant display. But league leaders Durham showed their quality in set two and led 17-9. However, Docklands slowly pegged them back and after narrowing the gap saved two set points to tie the scores at 24-24. But Durham just had too much in the end, taking it 26-24. Docklands reasserted themselves in set three and with ex-Durham captain Pierre Tang-Taye leading the way the home side took a tight third set 25-23. Docklands gained an early advantage in set four and controlled the match to maintain their lead into the business end of the set. Durham saved two match points but a Sivak time-out disrupted Durham’s rhythm and a subsequent serving error gave Docklands the victory 25-22. The win moves Docklands back to second place in the table just behind Durham.
The victories perfectly set up next weekend’s ties. On Saturday Bucks take on fourth placed Nottingham University followed by Docklands against IBB Polonia. Docklands also face Tendring on Sunday. All three matches are at Kingston College Arena – please come and support your teams.
Sat 27th November 16:00 Bucks v University of Nottingham followed by Docklands v IBB Polonia
Sun 28th November Docklands v Tendring