Sheffield Senators 4 Solihull Barons 2
THE Solihull Barons defensive frailties away from home were exposed as they went down to a 4-2 defeat against league rivals the Sheffield Senators, writes Gareth Thomson.
The puck had been on the ice for less than a minute when Sheffield’s Nathan Britton made the most of errors in the Barons defence to put the home side onto the scoresheet. Three minutes later and the same player exploited another slip-up to put the Senators two to the good.
Despite the shock of the opening five minutes the Barons regained a degree of composure.
On the half hour mark, Mike Rodger, once again staking his claim as the Barons most spectacular player, made an end to end dash to put the puck beyond Mark Hartley in the Senators net.
With only one goal in it as the two sides emerged from the changing rooms for the final period, there was some real hope that the Barons could get something from the game. However within minutes, Sheffield’s Jonathan Kirk dampened those hopes.
As the game got into its closing stages Jake Larkin reignited the Barons hopes, cutting the Sheffield lead back to a single goal, but it wasn’t to be – Nathan Britton getting his hat-trick for the Senators in the final 30 seconds to cap a disappointing outing for the Solihull squad.