Fury triumph in home league opener

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CWA Fury 90 Anglia Ruskin University 59

A solid display in their first home league match of the season on Sunday at Lynnsport saw CWA Lynn Fury stay within two points of the league leaders.

Having already beaten Anglia Ruskin at home in the early rounds of the National Shield, Fury were not complacent and brushed their opponents aside with some slick passing and real flair at times.

Fury sit third in the league, two points behind early leaders Barking.

James Bamfield, coach and chairman, said: “It was a good response from last week’s defeat. We had some really good periods of play. We also got to work on some stuff in the half court which will help us later in the season. I thought Davidas (Butkevicius) was outstanding today; he dominated the game at both ends. Mindaugas Spukas also gave us a lift with his shooting.”

Richard Milbourne, the club captain, said: “It was an awkward game. We knew that we had the ability to win comfortably but that can always be a dangerous mind-set.

“However, we were well focused and did a professional job. It was good to see everyone contributing, especially Tom Allard after a long time out with knee problems. Overall, it was another positive step forward.”

Scorers: Davidas Butkevicius 25, Mindaugus Spukas 19, Richard Milbourne 12.

Fury’s attention now switches to Sunday (3pm) and the home tie versus Cambridge Cats in the National Shield third round. Cats were the only team to beat Fury at home last season, and it was a heart-breaking last minute of the last game which cost them a place in the play-offs.

Fury will be looking to avenge that defeat and progress to the quarter-finals.

Club promoter, Kevin Holland said: “The crowds have really roared the Fury home so far this season and I know we’re in for a colossal match. They pipped us to the play-offs and took our unbeaten home record away. That hurt. It will be a different story this time round. We’re ready for them and have no fear.”

With a full squad to choose from, Bamfield will have a very strong bench.