We’re delving into more uncharted territory today following coverage of the All-Ireland & UK Dodgeball Tournament. Next up is a look ahead to the fourth round of matches in the English Korfball National League Premier Division.
It’s a full fixture list this Sunday following a slew of games in the second round of the English Korfball Association Cup. The only match to go ahead last week was Nottingham v Nomads, a game the hosts won 17-13 to keep them within reach of the top of the table. It’s Nottingham that are one of the key teams to watch this weekend as they engage in a top of the table clash with Trojans of Croydon, both of them the only unbeaten teams so far in this year’s EKL. Trojans won the last encounter between the two in last season’s playoffs, coming out close 18-15 winners in the May match-up. They’ll be looking to do so again and have England international Sam Brooks, the current top scorer in open play, who will be hoping to grab another hatful against their rivals. Nottingham have their own ammunition in the shape of Joe Bedford, who’s netted a leading total of seven penalties in the regular season. With possible square-ups all over the court, it’s going to be a tough challenge for both sides and should be one that has major implications later in the season.
At the other end of the table, Bearsted will be hoping to grab their first points of the campaign as they travel to Gillingham to face the Tornadoes. Former Bearsted player Owen Bailey is the league’s top overall scorer for Tornadoes, but even his efforts haven’t been enough for his side to pick up more than one win in the three games so far. Surprisingly, the two teams haven’t played each other since the round-robin stage of the 2010/11 Champions Trophy, so each side will go into this with a relatively fresh outlook. Tornadoes have a moderate advantage, coming into this game after a cup win against KV2 last weekend.
Kingfisher are hoping to attain a playoff place on Sunday against Bec in a 4th versus 5th clash. Bec won the last meeting 20-13 in last season’s playoffs but I have a hunch that Kingfisher will do the drubbing this time. They have a game in hand over their higher-ranked opponents, have scored an average of six more goals a match and have conceded fewer. Still, this sport is always a crazy one and we can expect a whole range of possible results.
Norwich Knights enjoyed a close away win against lesser opponents Milton Keynes Bucks in last week’s cup tie but will need to be on their toes against KV. Although they’re ranked four places higher in the table, the Knights slipped up a fortnight ago the Tornadoes, whilst KV will be full of confidence after a strong win against Croydon. Although draws are highly unlikely here, I wouldn’t be too shocked to see one here.
Finally, bottom side Croydon will be attempting to halt their fatal slide towards relegation, although they face a Nomads side that almost held high-flying Nottingham last weekend. Croydon are in serious trouble and have failed to score more than ten goals in all three league fixtures so far this season. Nomads won the last fixture 21-9 and you could bet a heap of money that there won’t be an astoundingly different score this time around.