NIHL North round-up – week 8

BLACKBURN, UK – Solway Sharks have moved five points clear at the top of NIHL1 North after beating title rivals Billingham Stars. Both teams went into the fixture in confident mood having picked up wins on Saturday. Sharks 

Solway%27s Mark Gallagher (Photo: David Morrison)

Solway%27s Mark Gallagher (Photo: David Morrison)

comfortably disposed of Sutton Sting 4-0 – Nathan Salem (2), Struan Tonnar and Aidan Fulton got the goals – while second period goals from Adam Robinson and Cal Davies helped Stars come from behind to win 2-1 at Sheffield Spartans.
Stars made the early running in Sunday’s clash with Stephen Wallace and Anthony Price giving them a two goal lead. John Connolly halved the deficit before the end of the first and Sharks edged in front in the middle period through Salem and Calum Henderson. Solway took control in the third with further goals from Adam Reynolds (2) and Mark Gallagher, and while Michael Bowman’s effort in between briefly gave Stars some hope, the visitors ran out comfortable 6-3 winners.
Trafford Metros picked up their second win of the season by beating Whitley Warriors 2-1. Ben Brown put Metros ahead after ten minutes, before Alan Hough doubled the lead late in the first. After a scoreless second period, DJ Good brought Warriors back into things early in the third but Metros held on to move out of the relegation zone.
The top two met in NIHL2 North on Sunday evening with Deeside Dragons hosting unbeaten Nottingham Lions. Ric Hughes put Dragons in front after 19 minutes and Simon Furnival extended the lead soon after the first break. Gareth O’Flaherty quickly made it 2-1, but Hughes’ 44th minute strike looked to have sealed the points for Deeside. Lions refused to lie down and two goals in a minute from Ben Wood and Ollie Betteridge tied the game at 3-3.
Hat-trick hero Bobby Caunce (Photo: Lisa Jones)

Hat-trick hero Bobby Caunce (Photo: Lisa Jones)

Solihull Barons missed the chance to close the gap at the top after drawing 4-4 with Hull Stingrays – Adam Andrews, Richie Slater, Jake Larkin and Mike Rogers got Barons’ goals. Sheffield Senators ran out convincing 12-2 winners at Fylde – Tom Humphries (4) and Callum Rawson (3) led the scoring – but Flyers bounced back with a 9-3 win at Blackburn Eagles – Bobby Caunce hit a hat-trick.
Next weekend sees Billingham travel to face the Spartans once again, while Blackburn Hawks host Deeside in the Trans-Pennine East/West Trophy.
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