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FIVB World Championships 2006 / England - men

2006 Men's World Championship / First Round
Sheffield, England
13-15 January 2005

Match Descriptive

England beat Scotland 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-18) - duration 1:10
15-Jan, start time: 18:00, end time: 19:10 - Attendance: 871
City: Sheffield; Hall : English Institute of Sport
England Qualify for Second Round
England booked their place in the second round of the men's 2006 FIVB World Championships with a hard-fought 25-16 25-22 25-18 victory over Scotland at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield, Saturday.
The host nation, like Scotland playing in the event for the first time, blocked solidly throughout and had the most potent hitting game.
England now advance to the next round in the Czech Republic in May where they will face Ukraine, Denmark and the host nation.
"It will be very difficult," admitted England coach Ian Legrand, "But we will target the match against Denmark and see what we can get from that."
Scotland led early in the first set but the hitting power of Danny Weemes and Matt Jones - who play their club volleyball in Sweden and France respectively - gave England the upper hand.
Weemes hit two stunning points in quick succession to give England a 16-10 lead and Scotland did not look like salvaging the opening set.
Jones served tough throughout to put Scotland's first pass under pressure and captain Alex Bialokoz made a huge block in the middle to give England set point.
The Scots managed to save one set point but Jonathon Herley served out to give England the set 25-16.
Scotland brought on hitter Stewart McGrenary for the inconsistent Simon Loftus as they attempted to fight back in the second set.
England raced to a 6-2 lead with Jones again influential and middle blocker Alex Porter also performing solidly.
Scotland closed to within one point at the end of the set 22-23 but England put away the final two points with the minimum of fuss.
Scotland were in deep trouble at the heart of the final set when they trailed 10-16 and Loftus made a couple of notable pick-ups when all seemed loss but even changing setter with Chris Fraser taking over from Stephen Linton failed to turn the match.
A service error from Stuart Edgar gave England match point and, although Alistair Galloway saved one match ball, he then served into the net to give England the set 25-18.