Danum Eagles head coach: ‘We need a bigger place to accommodate fans’

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Danum Eagles’ ‘fan power’ may force the club into finding a new home.

Head coach Bob Martin told the Free Press that supporters nearly had to be turned away from last weekend’s National League Division Four game against Derby Trailblazers.

Martin also hailed the fans’ support during Eagles’ 94-80 win at Danum Academy, the club’s first game since popular player Nana Jumah collapsed and died at training.

“The crowd was a major factor,” said Martin.

“It was unreal. Not an inch of the sports hall was not taken by Eagles fans.

“The Derby players said they have never enjoyed a game so much, because of the atmosphere.

“We are ready to explode,” he added.

“People are coming back who watched Panthers 15 years ago.

“We almost had to turn fans away on Saturday. We need a bigger place.”

Eagles, who are yet to be beaten since joining the National League, showed some signs of ring-rustiness following three weeks without a game and trailed 52-45 at the half way point.

But the home side began the third quarter on the front foot and their intense defensive and attacking work saw them take control.

Six three-pointers from Josh Metcalf helped Eagles open up a 20-point lead.

Mathew Martin led the scoring with 24 points and 17 rebounds, but Martin was keen to praise man of the match Robin Hewson.

“Robin changed the game with just a simple desire not to lose,” said Martin.

“He disrupted Derby and really got the crowd and his teammates going.”