The BDC Solway Sharks and the Blackburn Hawks played out a thirteen goal thriller at the Shark Tank on Saturday evening with the home side eventually prevailing to claim a seven-six victory that takes them back to second place in the league, for one night at least.
This was not a game for defensive purists, this much became apparent within ninety-seconds as Struan Tonnar (00:33) and Iain Bowie (01:28) instantly shot the Sharks into a two-nil lead. The game then settled into a close, hard-fought encounter until the visitors hit back with two quick-fire goals of their own through James Neil (16:08) and James Riddoch (16:55) to level the scores. Solway were straight back on the front foot and looked like they might take an advantage into the first break when Daniel Abercrombie (18:48) found the net but Blackburn responded and levelled the scores at three when James Riddoch (19:33) added his second counter of the game.
The Hawks took their first lead of the game when Steve Duncombe (24:12) netted soon after the re-start only for Solway to fight back allowing Scott Henderson (31:54) to make the scores level once more when he converted Connor Henderson’s pass. The last laugh of the second period, however, was to go to the visitors when James Royds (38:25) found himself in the right place at the right time to give the Hawks a five-four lead.
During the second interval a delivery van from a well known electrical retailer was seen to arrive at the side door and deposit a pallet-load of hair-dryers “F.A.O. M Grubb”. This seemed top do the trick – or maybe it was the astute defensive advice from the injured James Hutchinson. At the end of the day it was to be a run of four goals in a little under four minutes that was to decide the game. Counters from Stevie Moore (48:13) and Iain Bowie (49:42) briefly put Solway ahead before ex-Shark Richard Bentham (50:54) tied the score at six. The final and decisive strike was to come from Sharks goal Machine Iain Bowie (51:58) when he netted from an acute angle with a strike that was worthy of winning any game.
Match statistics from this fixture can be found by following this link. Sharks Lotto
The numbers drawn in the BCD Solway Sharks Lotto on Saturday 21st of October were as follows - 3, 5, 8 & 12. There were no jackpot winners. Five runners-up with three numbers share £50.
As the jackpot was not won last weekend it will rise to £2,400 on Saturday 28th of October.
The BCD Solway Sharks were delighted to receive a very generous donation of £500 towards the running of the club from our Supporters Club at yesterdays game.
Keeping the Sharks on the ice is not an easy job and costs very quickly mount up. Our supporters and our corporate partners are extremely important to the survival of our club and donations such as this cannot be underestimated.
The BCD Solway Sharks would like to take this opportunity to thank our Supporters Club (and all of our corporate partners) for their continued assistance both on and off the ice.
Seen here are Struan Tonnar and Ross Murray receiving the cheque from Suupporters Club chairperson Douglas McCallum.
Congratulations to the Auldgirth Inn who were the winners of the draw to sponsor the Solway Sharks off-ice tracksuits for the 2017-18 season.
The Auldgirth Inn, just seven miles from Dumfries on the Kilmarnock road, dates back to 1504 and has a rustic oak beamed bar and additional breakfast/dining bar, function suite and five comfortable letting bedrooms.
With excellent food and top class service the Auldgirth Inn is an ideal place from where to discover the local area.
The Solway Sharks are delighted to welcome the Auldgirth Inn to our growing band of corporate partners.
The BCD Solway Sharks are proud to be able to announce that ace sniper, Iain Bowie, has just been awarded the very first NIHL North 1 Player of the Month Award.
Iain Bowie has started the 2017/18 season in fantastic form for defending Moralee division champions Solway Sharks.
The Kirkcaldy-born forward has scored a phenomenal 18 goals in eight league and cup games this month, with three hat-tricks.
Bowie has also added nine assists for a total of 27 points.
The Sharks have won all bar one of their September games.
The Solway Sharks would like to congratulate Iain on winning this prestigious award.
The full NIHL Press Release can be read by following this link.