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Greyhounds still in the doghouse after another narrow defeat

PUBLISHED: 08:13 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:37 07 September 2010

Invicta Dynamos 5 Haringey Greyhounds 4 HARINGEY Greyhounds remain slumped at the foot of the ENL Cup table after they were narrowly beaten by leaders Invicta Dynamos in Kent on Sunday. The defeat, the Hounds fifth in five cup games this season,

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Haringey Greyhounds 4

HARINGEY Greyhounds remain slumped at the foot of the ENL Cup table after they were narrowly beaten by leaders Invicta Dynamos in Kent on Sunday.

The defeat, the Hounds fifth in five cup games this season, leaves them two points adrift of second from bottom Milton Keynes Thunder but with a game in hand.

Yet Haringey coach Lee Mercer whose team bagged their first win of the season when they netted a flurry of late goals to beat Streatham Redskins last week was delighted by the commitment shown on Sunday.

"The heart and work rate was pleasing and we need to carry that on," Mercer said.

"We must now focus on the league and start putting a series of results together and continue with the never-say-die attitude that we have been showing in recent games."

Dynamos, unbeaten in all six matches of this season's Cup competition, rocked the Hounds when they took the lead in the opening minute and immediately set about adding to their tally.

But Haringey refused to be daunted by the hosts' bold start and got their reward in the 10th minute when Callum Mathison equalised for 1-1.

Dynamos rallied and got a goal back shortly before the end of the first period to lead 2-1 at the end of the first period. Dynamos' then looked set for a runaway victory when they netted at the start of the second period for a healthy 3-1 lead.

Mark Saunders raised hopes for Haringey when he netted for 3-2 but the hosts immediately hit back with a goal to leave it 4-2 at the end of the second period.

In the third period Alistair Band scored for Haringey in the opening minutes, but once again Dynamos quickly got a goal back to leave the scoreline 5-3.

But Haringey continued to push on and Gareth O'Flaherty gave them the chance of nabbing draw when he netted in the closing minutes, but Dynamo stood firm to take the points.

Haringey have a double-header of league games this weekend. On Saturday they travel to Peterborough Islanders and the next day they welcome Bracknell Hornets to Ally Pally where play starts at 5.30pm.

Haringey squad: Mallett, Dubyk, Saunders, Richards, O'Flaherty, Payne, Rutherford, Appleby, Hogarth, Band, Doyle, Gallagher, Fearnley, Wride, Carr, Mathison, Goddard, Bestic

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