Beth Gunter reports on the crucial stage of London Lynx’s season in their fight for a playoff spot…
As the regular Super 8 season reaches its final stages, each game becomes more important to the teams as they fight to secure their final league positions before the playoffs.
London Lynx will be looking to turn things around after losing their last three matches, which saw them drop to sixth in the league with four games remaining.
With two defeats on the road and a crucial loss at home to Wessex M1, London Lynx are struggling to rekindle the form they had in December when they secured two 3-0 wins against Leeds VC and Malory Eagles.
Need One Win
London Lynx will be safe from automatic if they can register just one more league win this season, making the game against bottom of the league Malory Eagles crucial, as they look to secure their seventh successive season in the top flight.
Having saved themselves from relegation during playoffs for the last four seasons, this has become Lynx’s most successful campaign’s since the 2012/13 season where they finished fourth, and beating that record will be a challenge, but it is still possible.
Sitting in sixth place on 14 points, Lynx are only three points off third place London Docklands, and have two games in hand over fourth place Wessex M1 making a top three finish within reach.
Tough Games Ahead
However, Lynx’s final three game are against opposition who have already beaten them this season; Sheffield Hallam (3-2), Team Northumbria (3-1) and Wessex M1 (3-2). Having secured two points out of a possible nine during those three matches, more convincing play and attacking will be needed to move up the table.
First Team coach Libero Gervaise Bynoe spoke about the team’s regular season and who he would like to play in the playoffs in April.
“I think we will do well to avoid Wessex M1 in the League playoffs, they are a team that’s hard to beat in big games, they turn up and play, they don’t hold back.
“Getting London Docklands in the playoffs would be our best bet, we have beaten them this season when we weren’t at our best, the only problem is you never know who they (Docklands) will bring, they have so many players it’s always different when you play them,” said Bynoe.
After a close 3-1 loss to top of the League IBB Polonia London this weekend they are still in good form by taking a set off such a robust and diverse team and almost forcing a fifth set.
With Jermaine Miles reaching full fitness again after injury and Taylor Wilson getting his range on his attacking top-spin jump serve, maybe Lynx are turning a corner and will come off the back of a slow start to the year to secure a good playoff draw in April.