Blaze eased out of second win by London Danes
Blaze travelled to Amersham to take on London Danes who currently top Div 1. Blaze had started the season in mixed form only winning one of the first three games. However both games lost were to strong sides 2-3 and with James Bernardi and Luke French joining the team for this fixture, Blaze had every right to be confident approaching this match.
The game started nervously for both teams with little between them. Towards the end of the set Blaze moved ahead to lead 22-20 but couldn’t sustain their momentum. Danes came through to win it 26-24.
Blaze responded well in Set 2 reducing the error count. The team passed set and hit with greater confidence keeping Danes under pressure, Blaze had pulled out a 3 point lead by the end of the set.
The travelling Blaze fans expected to see this good form continue in Set 3 but it was not to be. The passing unit and setters were struggling and although Coach Lewis tried various timeouts, substitutions and words of “encouragement” to stop the rot, the set was lost in double quick time 18-25.
In Set 4 Blaze matched Danes early on but another poor streak of passing and Danes consistent serving, enabled Danes create a 6 point lead by mid set. However, Blaze then really started to play and passed much better cutting the deficit to 12-16. Following an exchange of points, Tom Storkey then served Blaze back into contention creating doubt into Danes passing unit. It was now Danes making the errors helping Blaze to go 23-21 up but then, rather like the first set, Danes dug in, held their nerve and edged over the line to win the set and match (26-24, 25-22, 18-25, 27-25).
This match could have easily been another 5 set thriller which reinforces Blaze’s credentials in this division. The first 3 sets are on TeamessexVC TV.
Well done to the Blaze fans who outnumbered the home team fans and supported the team so well.