First Team Star
Nov 27, 2016, 10:25 PM
Location: South Hampshire
Team(s): Hants/Middx/Sussex Non-League, Brentford, THFC, Eastleigh, SC Freiburg
English National League Division 1 South
Re: [mip] Where are you going - where did you go? ICE HOCKEY
Solent Devils 4 Chelmsford 5
Admission £9-00 inc programme attendance est 100
Heroic stuff from Devils against the unbeaten league leaders, coming back four times and only conceding the winner with 1:41 to go.
Home fans not really expecting much tonight, a few injuries including captain A.Cole (get well soon, Alex) and an early goal conceded. But the rest of the period was suprisingly even, not just Devils defending bravely but also (unusually against Chelmsford) coming forward and having a few shots on goal themselves. Devils also managed to get through two 3 v 5 situations.
In the second period a surprise equaliser by Rudkin was followed by another battle. Chieftains took the lead again but Rudkin sneaked another one in the corner.
In the third the away team took the lead again as Devils were shorthanded after a silly Facey penalty, but Facey made up for it with a goal 20 secs later. When Bartlett put Chelmo ahead again we thought that was it, but Facey tied it up again at 4-4 with three mins to play. But the dream of at least Devils' first point against these opponents was quashed by Sylvester's late goal, and a late penalty for the Devils, who finished with only 11 outskaters after more injuries.
Chelmo had a strong team out tonight but weren't at their best. However, I'm sure they'll win the league, probably with Streatham in second. They had a rare 0-0 result against London Raiders tonight (no OT in this league). Devils' M.Murray got a 15-month ban for his meltdown against Streatham (see report earlier) with his opponent, who allegedly provoked him so badly, not being cited, but he is not playing for Streatham any more.
If you're going to/been to a Hampshire Premier League match, I'd really appreciate you filling in a questionnaire - available in the Groundhopping/General section, or just PM me for a copy. Thanks.
(This post was edited by HantsLondoner on Nov 27, 2016, 10:26 PM)