Tuesday 8 March 2016

NIHL North Round Up - Weekend of 5th & 6th March 2016

Second place Whitley Warriors moved to within a point of Moralee Conference  leaders Blackburn Hawks with a 6-3 win over play-off contenders Solway Sharks.  The Hawks were without a league game at the weekend as they were playing Widnes Wild in the NIHL North Cup.

With just 3 games left to play in their Moralee Conference league schedule, the Warriors still have an outside chance of overtaking the Hawks for the title but the defending champions do have a game in hand and 3 of their 4 remaining games are at home.

Solihull Barons still look favourites to finish in 3rd place after a 4 point weekend courtesy of wins away at local rivals Telford Tigers and at home to Sheffield Senators.     They are 6 points clear of 4th place Billingham Stars with a game in hand and 4 left to play. The Stars are precariously hanging on to the final play off place by a single point after they drew 4-4 at home to Telford on Sunday.

That point moved them above Solway Sharks who beat Sheffield Spartans on Saturday and then lost at Whitley on Sunday.

The Sharks have games in hand and will play both Telford and Sutton at home for double points to make up for games cancelled due to the bad weather in December.  

In the Laidler Conference, Widnes Wild edged closer to securing second place with a 4-7 win away at Hull Jets on Saturday.  3rd place Nottingham Lions lost 2-1 away at Blackburn Eagles on Sunday meaning they are 4 points behind the Wild, having played a game more.

With Altrincham Aces losing 3-2 away in Hull on Sunday night, Blackburn Eagles need just one point from their 4 remaining games to guarantee play-off hockey for the first time in their history.