Solihull Barons 12 Kingston Jets 3
SOLIHULL Barons showed no mercy to Kingston Jets as they won 12-3 to inflict a second heavy defeat on them in the space of seven days.
Despite the team having already sewn up the league title in last week’s encounter, almost 450 spectators turned out to witness this homecoming. And they were treated to a spectacle familiar to regulars at Hobs Moat Road this season as Barons brushed past yet another ENL North Division Two opponent with relative ease.
It took leading scorer Dean Tonks only two and a half minutes to put Barons ahead, but Jets equalised within a minute courtesy of Matt Jeffcock. Further goals from Erik Bakalar, Lui Brindle, Richard Slater and another from Tonks gave Barons a 5-1 advantage which looked to have ended the game as a contest after only the first period.
Another five goals in the second made sure of the victory as Rob Eley added his name to the score card alongside Andy Ayers, Bakalar (2) and Slater. Kieran Beach did manage to pull one back for Jets, but it was nothing more than scant consolation.
Barons took their foot off the gas somewhat in the final period as Head Coach Darren Bellerby gave more ice time to some of the up-and-coming youngsters. Jets forward Ben Sayer struck first before Bakalar netted his fourth of the game and Tonks completed his hat-trick to round off the win.
“It was a good performance all round.” said Bellerby. “We’re still focused on maintaining the unbeaten season; we’ve got five games to go so it’s looking good. One of my main priorities now is getting some of the kids more and more ice time and defensively we’re still not letting a load of goals in. The goalies are standing on their heads for us, so good all round.”
Barons aren’t in action this weekend, but on March 6 they host Sheffield Senators. Tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for children/concessions, with face-off scheduled for 6pm.