Eagles target third place in first season at high level

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Whitby’s North Riding Eagles can play a large part in shaping how this season’s national league division two will finish.

The Whitby-based side were disappointed to left without a fixture on Sunday after a late cry-off from opponents Nottingham.

The coaches used the unexpected extra time to solve a few technical problems and improve play by running the squad through a back to basics training session.

The Eagles players worked hard in preparation for the coming double header against Birmingham and Coventry away and coaches hope the hard work the players put in on Sunday will pay off.

Looking forward to getting back into league action and hosting Nottingham at Whitby on Sunday, The Eagles were left deflated due to Nottingham conceding.

The fixtures had been kind to Nottingham and given them a Saturday match against fellow relegation battlers Leeds and then onto Whitby to play North Riding on the Sunday.

These home and away clashes are sure to be thrilling, fascinating matches each one a mini cup final. Coach Anthony Laffan

Nottingham will be penalised by the league for their non-appearance against the Eagles, who will get the points, but Nottingham focused on beating Leeds and that is what they achieved on Saturday.

It might seem unlikely to the big city teams as they chase the play-offs, but North Riding, safe from relegation, want to make it a four wins out of four games and reach the season’s dream target of finishing third place in the first season at this level.

Elsewhere, Manchester looked to be cruising to the volleyball play-offs until Saturday when Birmingham thrashed them 3-0. With Manchester having only two games left, it is now Birmingham who look to be favourites to snatch second place in national league division two and go into the play-offs against relegated national division one team Sheffield.

Chasing the big city clubs are Coventry, who like Birmingham have four games left and are one win behind Birmingham.

All these two Midlands giants have to do is win their remaining games to overhaul Manchester. They both have games against teams at the bottom of the table Leeds and Nottingham who are fighting against relegation.

Their other matches that hold the key to who reaches the play-offs for promotion to national league – and that is where North Riding Eagles come into the picture, as they have not yet played Coventry or Birmingham and The Eagles’ four remaining games are all against Midlands giants.

Coach Anthony Laffan said: “These home and away clashes are sure to be thrilling, fascinating matches each one a mini cup final.”