Racing hold steady at head of French league




Racing Club de France continued their perfect start to the French elite division as they managed to get the better of CA Montrouge.
Fielding their full
strength squad for the first time this season, Racing were stung by early
injuries to Celestin Duchesne and David Bernstein due to hamstring injuries.
Despite these setbacks,
they controlled much of the tie against a young but disciplined Montrouge team.
Simon Martin-Brisac opened the score after good work on the left from Dylan
Dominik.
Before half-time, Christopher
Peters-Deutz scored from a short-corner for a 2-0 half-time lead. Racing held
on to that lead thanks to a couple of strong saves from Corentin Saunier from
corners to make it four wins from four and retain their five point lead over
the chasing pack.
Lyon moved into second
place on goal difference after a thrilling 7-4 win over Lille with six
different scorers – Baumgarten, Pin, Cellier,
Semenol and Rivolta all on the mark with Thomas Chalumeau scoring twice. It was
3-3 at half-time before the ever-improving Lyon held a greater structure in the
second half to race clear.
St Germain’s last game before the EHL in
Hamburg was a tricky affair but they took a 1-0 win from Le Touquet in a game
of few chances. The Parisian side were without the injured playmaker Francois
Goyet and defensive Samson brothers Gregoire and Guillaume.
Paris Jean Bouin moved up to fourth with their
first win of the season, beating Wattignies 3-2 with Francois Etienne
Santenac, Matthieu Regniez and Irishman Ali Haughton – who previously played
in the EHL with Three Rock Rovers – scoring the goals.Picture: Gregory Redding


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