Kingston Jets 4 Solihull Barons 14
RENAULT Solihull Barons stormed their way to the league championship after a 14-4 demolition of Kingston Jets.
The unbeaten side are in sparkling form and have now tied up the title, and promotion to ENL North Division One, with six games of the regular season still to play.
Players and spectators alike arrived in Kingston in buoyant mood, although their spirits were temporarily dampened by Kieran Beach’s early goal to put the Jets 1-0 ahead. But the deficit was short lived as a Lui Brindle strike and a double from Dean Tonks ensured Barons ended the first period with a 3-1 lead.
Normal service was resumed in the second as Barons’ devastating attack confidently stroked home another seven goals with the Jets only managing to muster two in reply. Darren Slater grabbed himself a second period hat-trick, with Phil Knight, Erik Bakalar (2) and Tonks also getting on the scoresheet to give Solihull a 10-3 lead.
The final period seemed a formality, with Barons Head Coach Darren Bellerby sending on four youngsters from the under 18s’squad. Again, Jets netted the first goal of the period, but a further four goals through Bakalar, Rob Eley, Ed Slater and leading scorer Tonks rounded off another big Barons win.
The players and coaching staff now have their sights firmly set on ending the season with the unbeaten run intact. That begins on Sunday with a home match against Kingston Jets, with the team also set to be presented with the league trophy. The celebrations start at 5.30pm, with face-off at 6pm.