Horndean did not have to break a sweat in order to pocket maximum points from their National League division two south match against Bristol.
Volleyball England’s competitions committee awarded the match to the Deans after their opponents failed to raise a team for the Highbury College fixture.
Now that the pressure of winning the league is off, let us just go out there and win our two remaining matchesWillard Hans Shongue
The result goes down as a 3-0 success to Nasser Ssemuwemba’s side.
Horndean are currently sitting fourth in the National League division two south standings.
They have collected nine victories – and 34 points – in their 16 matches to date this term.
The Deans trail Wessex M3 by four points with two games remaining.
Ssemuwemba sympathised with the situation Bristol have found themselves in.
He was pleased to record another win but would rather have done it on the court.
Horndean’s head coach said: ‘We feel for them because we’ve come close to being in a similar situation before.
‘We know how disappointing it can be when you fail to get players for games and it’s quite frustrating.
‘It has worked out as an easy three points for us.
‘But we always prefer to win our matches on court.’
The defeat left Bristol at the foot of the table – tied on points with Dartford.
Early pacesetters, Richmond are now favourites to win the title after Solent II’s momentum was cut short by their shock loss to City of Bristol.
Horndean’s next match will be a trek to Exeter on Saturday, April 11 (2pm).
They will then bring the curtain down on the campaign by hosting Wessex M3.
The final match of the season will take place at Highbury College on Saturday, April 18 (11am).
Middle-player Willard Hans Shongue has called on his side to finish the season on a high – despite being mathematically out of contention for silverware.
Shongue said: ‘Now that the pressure of winning the league is off, let us just go out there and win our two remaining matches and then it’s up to the rest of the teams above us.
‘The higher we finish the better.’