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Apr 21, 2019, 12:34 AM

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NIHL2 South Play-Off Semi Finals (at Bracknell)

admission 9-90 (inc booking fee) programme 5-00 Pirate attendance est 700 first game est 500 second game

No football of much interest in the area today, plus I haven't seen Solent Devils this season (thanks to them playing at 1700 on a Saturday), so I thought I'd give this a go.
It was close at the top of the league again this year (top two had the same number of points), so a couple of close games expected. It didn't turn out that way....

Game 1 1515 - Slough Jets 3 Chelmsford Chieftains 9
1st v 4th in the regular season Jets missing a couple of important players, but this doesn't prevent this being called an upset, especially considering Slough were 3-0 up after 11 mins. All the goals came on breaks through the middle , the first by Norris after 6 seconds! Chelmo got one back almost immediately, but their NM S.Phillips prevented them going further behind, several times. It was also getting pretty tasty - with talented but volatile players such as C.Phillips and the Bartlett brothers getting frustrated, that was only to be expected. Chieftains pulled another one back just before the end of the first with a penalty shot (keeper moved the net off deliberately) to make it interesting...
But in the second, Chieftains just blew the champions away with a brilliant display, scoring five times in that period. The Bartletts were instrumental in this, Grant got three goals and an assist, Cameron got one goal and three assists. Slough switched their NM after the fifth goal, usual keeper and inspiration M.Smital coming injured off the bench to try and improve things.
Jets did improve in the third, but the Bartletts got another superbly-taken goal each. As the game got more even it also got more feisty and we had a spectacular coming together on 51 mins, Chelmo's Grant had his helmet knocked off, but turned down the opportunity to fight, but Slough's experienced Underdown and Chelmsford's young Polston did have a go, the former just shading it but the latter getting a lot of congratulations from his teammates for his efforts. And Slough's Cowell got thrown out for coming off the bench to join in the fun.

Game 1 1845 - Solent Devils 6 Oxford City Stars 1
2nd v 3rd in the regular season
Similar start to the previous game - Devils scored their first on 39 seconds and were 3-0 up after 13 mins. But that's as far as it went - Stars hadn't got much left to come back with, and continuous indiscipline meant that it was rarely 5 v 5 on the ice.Solent came out all guns blazing in that first period, outshooting their opponents 19-2. The Stars defenders had no answer to the speedy Devils offence. Stars' NM Ronai was flattened twice during the period, once by his own defender and once when a defender pushed a Devils player onto him. He managed to return the first time but was replaced by Dibble the second time.
Stars had stabilised a bit by the end of the first, and they continued this at the start of the second. Then Devils took control again and added a couple more.In the third Solent looked to be saving themselves for tomorrow's final, and the period wasn't the greatest as Stars could exert no pressure and they lost their discipline more and more. There were a few bouts of handbags, the most noticeable on 49 mins. Solent added another when the NM (Dibble this time) was again flattened by a defender pushing a forward on top of him, and in the melee nobody noticed that the puck had gone in. Near the end, the only point of interest was whether Devils NM C.Cole, who had been outstanding again, would get a clean sheet, but he was beaten 4 seconds from the end by J.Florey.
An enjoyable afternoon/evening, and two games for the normal price of one at a new rink for me. Bracknell is a bit bigger than I'm used to (capacity over 3000) with enough parking and decent sightlines in nearly all the upstairs seats. There are a few downstairs seats too which I tried and they were good too. Four screens above the centre spot keep you informed, there was a bar and a cafe doing the usual hockey food. The staff were friendly, although I'm not sure why it took 20 mins to get in when the rink was a quarter full and we'd nearly all bought tickets in advance. The loudspeakers were largely inaudible for most of the games, as if the announcer was taking through a thick sock. Good atmosphere throughout, I'd guess each team brought 200-250 supporters and some stayed on for both matches.
After two such convincing wins, it's hard to predict a winner in the final tomorrow. But is a rerun of last year's final, which Solent won 5-1.

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.

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