The BCD Solway Sharks made the long journey down to Hull on Sunday to play the Pirates and appeared to suffer a serious case of bus legs for the first two periods leading to a disappointing six-three defeat.
Last season the Pirates were playing at a higher level in the now defunct EPL so the Sharks knew from the start that this was going to be a difficult game and so it quickly proved as the home side were first to every puck and deservedly returned to the dressing room after twenty minutes with a three goal lead courtesy of goals from Jason Hewitt (04:48 & 10:41 PP) and Jordan Fisher (09:05).
The second period started in a far better fashion for the Sharks as Scott Henderson (22:30) capped his excellent recent form when he collected a Connor Henderson and finished neatly past the Hull netminder from close range. Unfortunately this was to be a false dawn for those for those hoping a Solway revival. Solway had chances to reduce the deficit further but some poor finishing allowed the Pirates to regroup and regain their control of the game. Heartened by this Hull were able to run in a further three goals before the second intermission with counters coming from Samuel Towner (25:08 PP), Lee Haywood (31:22) and Lee Bonner (36:12).
In the final session the home side may have taken their foot off the gas to some extent but the Sharks certainly improved and, while never threatening to level the match, at least achieved a modicum of respectability. A powerplay five minutes from time saw Joe Coulter (54:23) convert after a neat interchange of passes between Ross Murray and Iain Bowie then eighteen seconds later Daniel Abercrombie (54:45) netted after being set up by Connor Henderson and Stevie Moore.
Man of the match for the Sharks was awarded to netminder Calum Hepburn.
A gallery of photographs from this match can be found by following this link.