Beth Gunter reports on a famous win for London Lynx as they reach the Super 8s semi-final.
London Lynx booked their place in the Super 8 League Semi-finals for the first time after a thrilling 3-2 win against their south-coast rivals Wessex BU.
A confident Lynx team took full of advantage of their home support as they won the first set 25-23 o pull ahead of an out-of-sorts Wessex team.
BU soon gathered themselves together and came rushing out of the starting blocks of the second set to establish an assertive 12-6 lead.
However, they looked fazed when Lynx managed to pull the set back to 19-17, only for Wessex to prevail and win the set 25-21.
Lynx looked bewildered by the Wessex comeback and soon faced going 2-1 down after strong attacking from Olympian Daniel Hunter and his younger brother Matthew, as the pair caused problems for the Lynx defence.
As the frustration of both teams built, Lynx were handed a yellow-card warning after exchanges through the net. However, they managed to pull themselves out of trouble and force the match into a deciding set.
The decider featured an exciting exchange of points and remained close at the change of ends with Lynx holding a narrow 8-7 lead. As the crowd got behind the London team their confidence grew and they took the set and match after a 15-11 win.
The clearly disappointed Wessex BU players drifted away from each other before being pulled back for a team meeting by a disappointed coach, Andy Jones.
After the win, MVP Taylor Wilson was delighted that his Lynx side had made it through to the semi-finals.
“I am really happy. . . it was a scrappy game today and was far from our best but we showed that when we fight for each other we can pull through.
“We have a lot to prepare for before our Polonia double-header but we are all ready to cause an upset,” said Wilson.
Wessex Captain, Daniel Hunter felt his side has a lot to learn in the off season if they want to be competitive in the next campaign.
“After a close 3-2 loss yesterday our season is over. [There’s] lots to learn from and it’s time now to make sure next season Wessex is even stronger,” he said.
London Lynx now have two weeks to prepare for their semi-final against National Cup Champions IBB Polonia London. The matches will be played at Brentford Leisure Centre on 23rd and 24th April, times TBC.