It was the first game of the season at the Ally Pally with a real clash of the titans from the Eastern Conference as Slough Jets downed their hosts, the Haringey Racers, 7-2.
Racers' home campaign started badly when they found themselves a goal down just two minutes in. And it didn't get any better. By the time they scored their first goal, Jets had already lit the lamp a further five times and their were only six minutes left.
What had been a feisty game with many ten-minute misconducts dished out by referees Fusco and Evans finally blew over with just over two minutes left. Jets back-up goalie, Simon Johnston, who had replaced Tony Milton earlier in the third period, was thrown out of the game on a Game Misconduct and a Match penalty. And they play each other five more times this season!
In Chelmsford, the Bristol Pitbulls came away with both points after beating the Chelmsford Warriors 6-4. Both teams traded goals through the first half of the game. But, two quick-fire goals with ten minutes left gave Bristol a 6-3 lead which was never really threatened.
Richie Hargreaves got the first Pitbulls hat trick of the season, while Josh Dolphin got his first goal for his new team with a strong Man of the Match performance. Brandon Ayliffe got a deuce for the Warriors.
So, after two weeks, Bristol top Group A of the NIHL2S Cup and Slough sit top of Group B. Racers are now 0-2 and now have a free weekend to regroup.
by Graham Goodman, Bristol Pitbulls Press Officer
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