London Lynx 2 face an uphill task to avoid relegation, as Beth Gunter reports.
This weekend is not only important for the Lynx first team in their semi-final encounters against IBB Polonia, but also their second team as they try and scrape out of automatic relegation.
After a tough season in finding committed players London Lynx 2 are currently sat at the bottom of the league by five points. However, with two games in hand and six points away from relegation playoff, all is still to play for.
Head Coach, Antonio Codrington, said: “It’s an important weekend but I don’t want my players to go into these matches with pressure on them. They just have to focus and go back to basics like we do in training. At the end of the day the best team will have their chance to stay in the league.”
Lynx must travel away to Hertfordshire on Saturday, and Birmingham on Sunday and come back with two wins for a chance of survival.
Going the distance to five sets is not an option for either day as they cannot afford to drop a single point in the league.
With 22 registered players Lynx failed to muster a team to face Black Country earlier this month which dented their hopes of clinching ninth in the league. The pressure has now mounted up to this weekend.
After losing the last nine league matches, Lynx do not seem to be in a convincing position to fight their relegation battle.
Having lost to their Hertfordshire rivals, St Albans Harriers, in four sets in early February, Lynx must brush their nerves aside and get a result that swings their way.
If Lynx win both games this weekend they will send Coventry & Warwick Riga automatically down to the Men’s Division 2 South. Lynx would face a triangular playoff in Kettering to keep their place in the first league.