Tuesday 5 January 2016

Laidler Conference Round Up - Weekend of 2nd & 3rd January 2016

Deeside Dragons stretched their lead at the top of the table with a 4 point weekend that saw them score 17 goals and only concede 2. They beat bottom team Coventry Blaze 9-1 at home on Saturday night and then won 1-8 away at Altrincham Aces on Sunday.

Hitherto second place Widnes Wild lost 3-2 away at Nottingham Lions and that result sees the Lions leapfrog the Wild up into second. However, they are now a massive 8 points behind the leaders with just one game in hand.

Bradford Bulldogs picked up their second win of the season at home to Blackburn Eagles on Saturday with a narrow 4-3 victory.  In a game that was very evenly matched throughout (SOG 56-57), the winning goal was scored by Bulldogs’ captain Dean Boothroyd in the 51st minute. The Bulldogs then lost by the same single goal margin away at Hull Jets on Sunday, crashing 3-2 on the East coast.

Hull’s victory is their 3rd unbeaten game in a row after a terrible run of 9 consecutive defeats and keeps them comfortably above the Bulldogs in 6th place but 3 points behind Altrincham Aces who are in 5th.

Photo: Bradford’s Matt Barlow celebrates the Bulldogs’ 2nd goal against Blackburn Eagles.  Photo by Rob Hutchinson