Bec II the future as defeated Highbury Korfball Club prepare to face leaders again
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Swiss Cottage-based Highbury Korfball Club were not strong enough to overcome league leaders Bec II as they went down 23-12 at home in London Regional League One.
The defeat left the hosts in fourth place, and they face Bec II again in their final match on Sunday – where the pacesetters can secure the title.
However, as the best-placed first team in the division – as opposed to a reserve side or third string - Highbury are already guaranteed a place in the end-of-season Champions Trophy in April, and a shot at promotion to the top tier of the top tier, the England Korfball League.
Highbury found themselves 1-0 down in the first minute of the match and, although Tiago Almeida equalised shortly afterwards, Bec scored twice more to take an early 3-1 lead.
The home side clawed themselves level through Niccola Hyslop and a second long-range effort of the match from Almeida. But that was as good as it got for the Reds, who conceded eight times in the run-up to half-time while mustering three goals themselves to go into the break 11-5 down.
Bec were sharper and their higher-level experience was showing - but despite the scoreline, Highbury were showing plenty of fight.
Moses Hutchinson-Pascal got the second half off to a better start for Highbury from range. However, four unanswered goals from Bec took into a match-winning position, with no way back for the home side.
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Highbury wanted to show they could play against quality opposition, and they shortened the deficit with three goals from Martin Petrie, Hutchinson-Pascal and Almeida, who registered for the fourth time. But Bec came back with another flurry of goals to take the score to 21-9.
The final exchanges were played out at a high, frantic tempo, and Highbury made it into double figures with goals from Morven Masterton, Rachel Dixon and Petrie, while Bec added three goals to their own tally before the end.