Tuesday 5 January 2016

South 2 East Report: Haringey Racers 13 - Invicta Mustangs 3

Four goals each for Josh Ealey-Newman and Josh Abbott, a goal on debut for Chris Norris, a first senior goal for Solomon Smith and a first Racers goal for Jack Ball. It all came together to make a very comfortable win for a lively Haringey team against a lacklustre Invicta Mustangs.

Norris opened his Racers’ account after just 8 minutes, stuffing the puck home after good spadework from Ben Osborne. A simple second goal came late in the first period; Abbott won the puck off the draw and Ealey-Newman steered it into the bottom corner as quick as a flash.

A brief rally from the Mustangs saw Aaron Ferris halve the deficit early in the second, but Haringey soon ran away with the game. Ealey-Newman was put clean through by Drew Campbell and outfoxed netminder Jussi Lynch Grut to score. In the middle of the period, Abbott drifted in from the left to fire into the top corner making 4-1 to the Racers. Dan Clayton, sent on his way by Abbott, won his one-on-one duel with Lynch Grut to make it five late in the period and there was still time for Ealey-Newman to complete his hat-trick, set up by Lee Mercer stepping out of the penalty box undetected.

Into the third, and goals from Campbell and Abbott opened up an 8-1 lead before Smith slammed the puck home for his maiden goal. With the Mustangs a little guilty of rolling over, Racers were able to add further goals from Ball and Ealey-Newman with Abbott adding his third and fourth, dotted around consolation efforts from Ferris and Jake Stedman from Invicta.

Racers travel to Lee Valley on Sunday evening (5.30pm) for what should be a keenly contested derby match.

Racers scoring: Josh Abbott 4+3, Josh Ealey-Newman 4+1, Drew Campbell 1+3, Dan Clayton 1+1, Solomon Smith 1+1, Chris Norris 1+0, Jack Ball 1+0, Lee Mercer 0+5, Ben Osborne 0+3, Luke Tull 0+1

Mustangs scoring: Aaron Ferris 2+0, Jake Stedman 1+0, Anthony Baskerville 0+2, Jake Luton 0+1

Shots on Goal: 28 on Ian Shepherd (Racers). 32 on Jussi Lynch Grut and 17 on John Abbott (Mustangs)

Racers Man of the Match: Josh Ealey-Newman
Mustangs Man of the Match: Aaron Ferris

Report by Tim Stuart.