The Borussia Dortmund women's handballers picked up their 14th victory in 17 meetings with the Bad Wildungen Vipers on Saturday evening. The 32-18 win in the first away game of the season was a clear affair.

The scenario: Having made a successful start to the season by beating VfL Oldenburg 30-24 a week ago, the BVB women's handballers had a clear target for their first away game: the next two points were to follow in Bad Wildungen. 

Personnel matters: Dana Bleckmann, who underwent successful cruciate ligament surgery on Wednesday, was joined on the absentee list in Bad Wildungen by left winger Lena Hausherr, who was ill. She was replaced by Lara Egeling from the reserves.

The match & analysis: BVB started out with Sarah Wachter in goal and with Lena Degenhardt and Alicia Stolle in the central block. After a brief period of uncertainty, BVB's offensive defence also got to grips with the tactical variant with the two Vipers pivots. The Black & Yellows led 4-1 with almost seven minutes played, the lead was already at 6-1 two minutes later and by the 20th minute the Borussia ladies had already laid the foundations for victory with an 8-3 lead.

Despite their clear dominance and another strong display from goalkeeper Sarah Wachter, the attacking momentum subsequently dropped off, the number of mistakes increased, many chances were spurned or Vipers goalie Manuela Brütsch successfully intervened. BVB failed to find the back of the net between the 17th and 23rd minutes. Borussia boss Henk Groener rang the chances and brought on Haruno Sasaki and Harma van Kreij in the middle. A successful move. BVB pulled into a 12-7 lead by the end of the first period.

The second half continued with momentum, intensity and a high tempo. The Dortmund ladies overran their opponents from Waldecker Land in the space of only four minutes. The excellent Harma van Kreij (three), Zoë Sprengers and Frida Rønning scored five goals in four minutes, which made for a comfortable scoreline of 17-7. Sarah Wachter did the rest with a good performance between the sticks, proving almost unbeatable for the Vipers and only conceding two goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half. 

For Henk Groener, the scoreline represented a welcome opportunity to make changes and try out new set-ups. Goalkeeper Tess Lieder came on in the 43rd minute along with Lara Egeling, who was by some distance the youngest player on the court at 16. Carmen Campos Costa also got some game time and scored two goals. The score was already 25-12 with 15 minutes remaining, 27-14 five minutes later and 32-18 by the final whistle. The second win of the season was a clear affair.

Coach Henk Groener: "We gave away too many chances in the first half and at the end of the second half. It is okay to concede seven goals before the break, but our 12 goals scored were not enough. However, we then emerged from the changing rooms well, pulled away from Bad Wildungen early on and comfortably won with a 14-goal lead."

Outlook: The next game on Saturday 23 September will already be the third meeting with HSG Blomberg-Lippe this season. Following the two friendly fixtures in pre-season, which ended in a victory and a defeat for BVB, it is now time for a head-to-head in the league. Throw-off at Halle Wellinghofen is at 19:00 CET. 

Women's handball team: Lieder, Wachter; Sprengers (6/2), Kusian (1), Antl (2), Degenhardt (3), van Kreij (4), Stolle (2), Ossenkopp (5), Sasaki, Olsson (1), Rønning (6), Campos (2), Egeling