Billingham Stars 8 Solihull Barons 3
DESPITE a heavy defeat at the hands of league leaders Billingham Stars, the Barons continue the chase to beat the drop after relegation rivals Nottingham Lions and Coventry ENL Blaze both suffered weekend losses, writes Matt Johnson.
Solihull remain two points behind the Lions after they succumbed to an 8-6 defeat by Whitley Warriors with two games in hand and are a further two points adrift of the Blaze with a solitary game advantage after they too lost out 3-1 to Sheffield Spartans.
A collective 53 penalty minutes did the Barons no favours at all in their bid to clinch a surprise away victory over the league’s finest side.
The table-topping Stars took full advantage to take a 5-0 lead heading into the end of the second period, four coming courtesy of the away side’s indiscipline on the power play.
The Barons did manage to net three goals of their own in an improved final period through Erik Bakalar, Adam Andrews and Richard Slater, but a further three strikes from the Stars rounded off a comprehensive 8-3 victory.
The result means Solihull are still yet to win on the road this season.