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HANDBALL NEWS English edition 14, December 18 2007

MANCHESTER SURVIVE BOLT FROM THE BLUE

MANCHESTER kept alive their title hopes with a one-goal victory over rivals Bolton at Bellevue, but they had to fight for every last score against a superb Bolton side. With several victories under their belts this season Bolton were determined not to let this match go, and were out for revenge following an eight-goal defeat earlier in the season at the hands of Sunday’s opponents. From the first minute the game was played at a fast pace, but neither side gained more than one goal’s lead before

the other team came battling back. Goals from Manchester's Tomas Lasek were quickly countered by Bolton's Andre Kafack and Patryk Jankowiak. When Manchester's strong defence managed to stop the Bolton half backs some nifty passes were met with well taken goals by Bolton's Dave Brookes on the line. However, the real heroes of the day were the two goalkeepers. Manchester’s keeper Fabien Lauret kept them from going behind on numerous occasions

Liverpool go third, but only after tough clash LIVERPOOL moved up to third in the table after beating fellow Merseyside club Liverpool Speke Garston 30-25, but were made to work hard by their rapidly-improving rivals. After being outfought in their last encounter the newcomers to Division One were determined to not to suffer the same fate, and they came psyched up for the clash. In the early exchanges Liverpool SG threatened first with numerous chances. However, a clinical Liverpool scored freely with Phil Church, a stalwart for Liverpool for many years, helped himself to a hatful of goals including five penalties.

Liverpool SG lacked their usual fluency in attack and could not break down a determined Liverpool defence. James Smith, on his return to the LSG team, brought back an attacking bite to the side with nine goals, aided by Peter Haider and Colin Radcliffe, and the score was an even 14-12 at the break. Liverpool's French left winger Boucher was in devastating form and scored eight of his side’s goals to equal Phil Church’s tally, and in the final reckoning it was this combination that finally outwitted their rivals. And as well as the disappointment of defeat, Liverpool SG's Andrew Kinsey dislocated a shoulder. But the final score of 30-25 was much closer than many would have predicted.

with superb saves from close range shots by Kafack, Jankowiak and Brookes. And the Bolton Keeper, Sam Hanvey, likewise kept the scores tight with a number of critical saves. Going into the last minute of the game Manchester held a crucial one goal lead. Despite a last ditch assault by the Bolton team, another vital save by the Manchester keeper ensured that they ended up victorious. Meanwhile leaders Manchester University Manchester's Aurelien Bouche gets some close attention had to battle before from Bolton's Adrian Hoxha. Pic: Shaun Criscuolo. beating Wirral 30-24. RESULTS, December 16

Great Dane keep the pressure on Cambridge

Men's National Div One North (Bellevue): Manchester Univ 30 Wirral 24, Manchester 32 Bolton 31, Liverpool 30 Liverpool SG 25. Men's National Div One South (Leyton): Great Dane maintained 23 Olympia 12, Cambridge 32 Nottingham Univ 21

GREAT Dane their push for top spot in the Southern Division after scoring a comfortable 23-12 win over Olympia at Leyton, London, on Sunday. Despite being without many first team players and only having nine names on the game sheet, Great Dane hit the ground running with three early goals. Although Olympia hit back with three of their own, Great Dane looked calm and collected throughout. But they remain two points behind leaders Cambridge, who were playing bottom of the table Nottingham University and ran out 32-21 winners. However, with their goal difference just seven apart, much will be decided when the Cambridge and Great Dane meet on January 20.

Men's National Lge Division One (North) TEAM Manchester U Manchester Liverpool Bolton Haslingden Wirral Liverpool SG

P W 9 9 8 7 9 4 8 4 7 2 9 1 8 1

L D F A Diff Pt 0 0 266 159 107 18 1 0 225 190 35 14 4 1 237 214 23 9 3 1 257 243 14 9 5 0 155 181 -26 4 8 0 156 226 -70 2 7 0 123 209 -86 2

Men's National Lge Division One (South) TEAM Cambridge Oxford Univ Great Dane Olympia Ruislip Southampton Nottingham U

P W 8 7 8 5 6 6 7 3 7 2 6 0 6 0

L D F A Diff Pt 1 0 262 194 68 14 2 1 223 193 30 11 0 0 153 86 66 12 4 0 177 186 -9 6 4 1 180 209 -29 5 6 0 126 173 -47 0 6 0 116 196 -80 0

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