Northampton Sparks travelled to Haughton knowing that they lost here last year. Haughton were in good spirit after taking a win 2 weeks ago, and having the advantage of home soil, looked strong in the warm-up, with Northampton arriving slightly late. A Haughton team in the absence of Jack Butcher were relying on Damien Reed to provide the goods today. Haughton got off to an excellent start, and took the first two sets with good displays from all players. Northampton then up'd their game slightly and took the 3rd set 25-19. It didn't look like Haughton would lose this game, however they went down to a hard battle to make the score 2-2. A shaky start in the tie break saw Haughton 4-0 down but the belief was still there! They closed the gap but eventually lost the game 3-2. A game to reflect on as it should really have been won 3-0. MVP went to Tom Gordon.
Haughton vs York
Similar to 2 weeks ago, Haughton had to play their 2nd game of the day knowing that they should have won the first! Spirits were still high, however York had just beaten Northampton so signs suggested this game could be a little tougher. Jonny Willis believed that a mid-day 'coaching session' for Damien Reed would improve the outcome. His setting certainly improved and Haughton took the first set comfortably with some excellent hitting from Scott Hailes and Jonny Willis. The 2nd set didn't start too well for Haughton who found themselves 8-2 and eventually 16-7 down. Some inspired service pressure from Gary Day and Graham Metcalfe saw Haughton claw their way back into this game. Eventually Scott Hailes served down the line to see the setter catch the ball as it hit him to take the 2nd set!! Haughton had been in this position before today, and would not let it slip again. An all round team performance with a special mention to Sam Morgan for some awesome attacks wrapped up the 3rd set, and a 3-0 win for Haughton. MVP went to Tom Gordon again (who is this guy?!) The men now sit 2nd in the league table after 4 games, and play top of the league Loughborough Lions next!!