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Leaders prove too strong as battling Docklands lose

PUBLISHED: 16:22 30 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:44 05 October 2010

LONDON DOCKLANDS went down fighting to National Volleyball League leaders Newcastle Staffs in a five-set thriller on Saturday. With captain Alexis Blair, Boris Halatchev and Alex Gaitan all ruled out, Docklands coach Ian Legrand moved Jesse Kaptein to mid

LONDON DOCKLANDS went down fighting to National Volleyball League leaders Newcastle Staffs in a five-set thriller on Saturday.

With captain Alexis Blair, Boris Halatchev and Alex Gaitan all ruled out, Docklands coach Ian Legrand moved Jesse Kaptein to middle blocker and gave Danny Primus (right) and Matt Mills a chance to get the season back on track.

Docklands started solidly with a kill and aces by Adam El Kass and Mills.

Primus helped his side go

22-20 up and new signing Ricardo Senatore came on and produced two critical contributions in defence as Docklands took the set 25-23.

Staffs fought back in the second set as a run of Docklands errors saw the home side open an eight-point lead that proved decisive, before a nail-biting third set went Newcastle's way 28-26.

Kaptein was forced off with an injury in the fourth set but Docklands refused to roll over and levelled the match by

taking the set 25-21 with some confident play.

But clever serving by Staffs in the final set decided the match and condemned Docklands to a fourth straight defeat.

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