Mustangs end Herts Falcons’ unbeaten run

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HERTS Falcons suffered their first defeat of the new season but recovered quickly to win the second game of their double-header against Southampton Mustangs.

The Falcons went into their clash with Mustangs boasting the only unbeaten record in the NBL, but an uncharacteristically sloppy performance from the Grovehill-based side saw them slip to a 7-5 defeat.

It was a different story entirely in the second game, however, as the Falcons stepped up a gear to get their revenge with a 7-3 victory to retain their place at the top of the league standings.

“Southampton deserved to win the first game and we deserved to win the second,” said Falcons manager Lee Manning.

“The wind played a big part, causing major problems throughout the game.

“We made far too many errors in game one but we came back well in the second game and we now have to turn our attention to the next games against the London Mets.”

Elsewhere, the Herts Hawks and the Herts Eagles both started the 2012 campaign with convincing wins.

The Hawks found themselves trailing 4-3 going into the bottom of the fourth inning against Richmond Dragons, but they stepped up their game when it mattered and secured a comprehensive 13-4 triumph.

And it was an even more emphatic win for the Eagles as they thrashed Richmond Dukes 28-6 – with the game stopped early at the request of the Richmond side.