The BCD Solway Sharks made the long road trip down to Nottingham on Sunday and swept away the memory of the previous nights’ overtime loss with a splendid nine-one victory which moved them into second place in the league.
Early in the game it was anything but a walk in the park for Solway as Nottingham once more showed that they are a quick and skilful young team that love to attack whenever they gain possession and for much of the opening ten minutes there was little to choose from between the two teams. As the game reached the midway point in the first period the Sharks began to find their feet and exerted a spell of prolonged pressure on the Lions defence but they couldn’t quite find the key to unlock the door. As the first interval drew closer the breakthrough finally came when Kyle Horne and Marek Charvat combined to allow Duncan Speirs (17:33) to find the net.
Solway came out for the second period determined to assert themselves on the game and they were successful immediately when Stevie Moore (20:13) latched onto a Marek Charvat pass and fired past Hovell to double their advantage. The home side looked stunned and it was about to get worse as Kyle Horne (21:25) quickly added an unassisted strike before Joe Coulter (22:13) made it four-nil from a Duncan Speirs pass. The Nottingham bench quite rightly took their time out at that point and for a while the home side were able to stem the tide.
The respite, however, was short lived and it wasn’t long before Daniel Abercrombie and Ross Murray combined to allow Stevie Moore (28:30) to net goal number five. A holding call on Ross Murray gave the home side their first powerplay of the evening in the thirty-third minute and it was to produce not one but two goals. Firstly a defensive slip allowed Iain Bowie to provide the ammunition for Stevie Moore (34:17) to net short-handed before Nottingham replied immediately when Glossop (34:24) scored from Humphries pass. Normal service was soon resumed for Solway as a flowing move involving Duncan Speirs and Joe Coulter set up Vaclav Kolarik to score with a powerful shot.
With a six goal advantage going into the final period the game was to all extents won and for much of the session they played in a steady, professional manner and were rarely seriously troubled. The only goals to cheer the travelling support came late when Scott Henderson (55:01) scored a neat unassisted goal and Daniel Abercrombie and Stevie Moore showed skill and invention to set up Ross Murray for strike number nine.
Man of the Match Awards were presented to Luke Thomas for the Lions and to Stevie Moore (pictured) for the Sharks.