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Docklands defeat rival Lynx in crucial contest

PUBLISHED: 10:21 18 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:54 05 October 2010

LONDON Docklands ended 2008 with a critical win against east London rivals London Lynx to climb out of the relegation zone in National Volleyball League One. In a tense match, Docklands battled hard to force a win in the fourth set, managing to avoid a ne

LONDON Docklands ended 2008 with a critical win against east London rivals London Lynx to climb out of the relegation zone in National Volleyball League One.

In a tense match, Docklands battled hard to force a win in the fourth set, managing to avoid a nervous final-set decider and to bounce back from a 3-0 defeat by relegation rivals Reading last week.

The result means the Dockers have completed the double over rivals Lynx following a 3-2 victory on the opening day of the season, though captain Alexis Blair was the only surviving member from September's starting line-up as coach Ian Legrand opted to shake up his side.

Andy Vincett (pictured) returned for a one-off appearance - his 199th outing for the Dockers - while Matt Butterworth made his first start for the club and Matt Mills was recalled to the first seven.

Mills and Butterworth both impressed as Docklands took the opening set 25-16 following a number of errors by Lynx, while Vincett's ace gave the Dockers the crucial advantage in a 25-23 second-set win.

Lynx hit back to take the third set after a service run by Rafael Ferro but Wayne Davies responded with a key block and the final kill to hand Docklands the fourth set and seal the triumph.


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