BLACKBURN HAWKS 2 – 6 SOLWAY SHARKS | NIHL NORTH CUP | SATURDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 2016

A tough game against Solway Sharks saw the Blackburn Hawks put in a gallant effort, but for the hosts it saw them lose 2-6.

The first period swayed the Hawks’ way. Richard Bentham grabbed the first goal within the first three minutes with a pass from behind the net, allowing Bentham to flick the puck into the top corner.

Solway immediately fought back with many attempts at goal; but great saves from net minder Stuart Ashton kept the Hawks ahead.

It wasn’t long until the Hawks put themselves two goals ahead of the Sharks. An even handed goal from James Royds assisted by Bentham gave the Hawks their second goal of night.

The closing moments of the first saw the Sharks grab a goal back just as the Hawks were coming off a penalty. The goal scored but Ross Murray with 3 minutes left of the first.

With the first coming to a close a fight broke out between the teams, with captain Ollie Lomax receiving a penalty for roughing.

Starting the second with a man down it was a tough fight for the Hawks, but they managed to kill the penalty. However, not long after a shot from Sharks’ Scott Henderson allowed them to equalise.

Stuart Ashton kept the sharks at bay, stopping shots with great ease. But it was captain Lomax’s courageous defensive attempt that stole the show by putting his body on the line to stop a shot on goal.

However, despite this attempt to keep the game equal, two more goals came from Shark players Struan Tonnar and Duncan Speirs.

On the power play due to a tripping penalty given to the Sharks’ Murray, Blackburn gave a strong push to get more goals on the board. But despite the many attempt, including a great chance from Royds who hit the cross bar, it just was not to be for the Hawks.

Solway grabbed their fifth goal of the night in the final few minutes of  the second, scored by Man of the Match Daniel Abercrombie.

Abercrombie scored his second goal of the night early in the third, giving the Sharks their sixth of the night.

An unwanted penalty for Bentham put the Hawks down a player for 2 minutes, but despite being a player down and with the help of the roaring crowd supporting the Hawks the squad pushed hard attempting to get more goals on the board.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for the Hawks, who were obviously frustrated in the final stages of the third. Their many attempts on goal were failing to find the back of the net, ending the game 2-6 to Solway.

MATCH REPORT BY: CASSIE NUNN-PRICE (@CassieMay_)

PHOTOGRAPHY: EVENTOG.CO.UK


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