Russell inspires double delight for relentless Horndean

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HORNDEAN consolidated their place at the top of the National League division three south table with another double triumph in Warwick.

Festus Nfor and Marcus Russell were the star men as Horndean thrashed bitter rivals Team Southampton and Warwick University in straight sets to maintain their 100-per-cent record.

Southampton were brimming with confidence after an early victory over hosts Warwick.

But they failed to really threaten Horndean, who delivered derby delight in just one hour, six minutes.

Southampton lacked invention and cutting edge, while the team’s receivers found it hard to contain Nfor’s floating serves.

‘Festus has always got a tough serve on him,’ said setter Ian Towers.

‘We’ve nicknamed him the serving machine from Cameroon because of his serving prowess.

‘But he has never used his serve as fiercely as he did against Team Southampton.

‘They absolutely had no answers to him and we made point after point. It was great!’

Horndean took a two-set lead with 25-14 and 25-20 scorelines.

And their good blocks and menacing attacking power saw them dominate the third.

Pompey season-ticket holder Russell gleefully delivered the killer blow with a powerful jump serve to wrap up a hat-trick of victories against their rivals this term with a 25-14 win.

Next up were Warwick University – the only team to take a set off Horndean so far this season.

The visitors made their intentions clear, though, with a quick-fire first set win 25-12.

Warwick’s resolve in the second was broken by another man-of-the-match display from Russell – his fifth in nine games – who ensured a 25-19 victory.

Playmaker Towers was in inspirational mood, too, as he found his spikers with great skill to seal the third 25-12.

Horndean captain Maciej Kubis said: ‘It was a good day on the road for us and the whole team played so brilliantly.

‘We are going to keep working hard in training to make sure we maintain our form.

‘Everybody in the league is working hard to beat us.

‘But at the moment we seem to have answers to any questions that our opponents have asked.’

Horndean face Warwick again on Sunday at the Mountbatten Centre, with Tooting Phoenix also in town.