Blackburn HAWKS were denied a perfect weekend after conceding two goals in the final 35 seconds at Whitley Warriors.
Hawks thrashed Moralee Conference bottom club Telford Titans 8-1 at the Blackburn Arena on Saturday thanks to a brace from player-coach Jared Owen and further goals from David Meikle, Dan Mackriel, captain Chris Arnone, Adam Brittle, Tom King and Canadian import Jon Adams.
They travelled to Whitley on Sunday night hoping to secure a second victory in two days and they were in front when Brittle scored.
Whitley levelled through Adam Reynolds during the second period but Brittle put Hawks back in front following good work from Mackriel and Adams.
Hawks then moved 3-1 up with only six minutes of the match remaining as Adams found the net, but Whitley pulled their netminder to allow for an extra forward and Jamie Tinsley quickly pulled a goal back.
The match seemed to be over when Matt Viney put Hawks 4-2 in front but Reynolds made it 4-3 with only 35 seconds left before scoring his third of the game to secure a shock equaliser in the dying seconds.
Despite that draw, Hawks strengthened their hold on second place in the table after Billingham Stars lost at home to Sutton Sting.
Billingham have a game in hand but are four points behind with only three matches left to play as the Hawks look to secure second spot
Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph, Hawks captain Chris Arnone said: “Sunday at Whitley Bay was one of the toughest games we’ve faced this season – it was a hard fight with both teams wanting to win – and there will be a few bumps and bruises to show for it.
“It’s the second time this season we’ve been up there and not come away with the win, as we should have. A play-off place was some consolation, I must admit, but it was still tough to take.
“A point was enough to secure the play-offs, and I suppose on reflection it wasn’t a bad result. But we go into every game wanting to win.
“We want to finish as high up the league as we can, with the most points possible.”
The Hawks return to action on March 2nd against the Solway Sharks.
(Photos by John Milton – togger.co.uk)