Monday 18 December 2017

Halton Huskies and Steel City Hawks in 11 Goal Thriller

Sunday 17th December 2017 – Challenge Match
Halton Huskies 5 – Steel City Hawks 6
Period Scores: 2-0, 1-3, 2-3
Penalties In Minutes: Huskies 4 – Hawks 4

Huskies Scoring: Anthony Hughes 2+0, Jeff Chapman-Watson 1+1, Nathan Hewitt & Stephen Hay 1+0, Anna Barnett, Edward Ridding & Michael Parkin all 0+1

Hawks Scoring: Matthew Smith 4+0, Joe Scaife 1+0, Joshua Connolly 1+0, Ryan Collinson 0+1

Match Officials: Ray Ormes / Simon Anders

Report by Paul Breeze  /  Photos by Doug Brown (

The Widnes-based Halton Huskies recreational team played out a close fought and highly entertaining game against the Steel City Hawks but lost out by the narrowest of margins in a 5-6 defeat at Silver Blades Widnes on Sunday.

The game started well for the Huskies with two goals in the first period – from Jeff Chapman-Watson after just 4 minutes and then Stephen Hay in the 10th minute. They took the 2-0 lead into the first period break but the visitors visibly upped their game in the second period and pulled a goal back some 90 seconds after the restart.

A second goal for the visitors just before the halfway mark in the contest saw them draw level and a third goal at 36.11 saw them edge into the lead. The Huskies hit back with a goal from Nathan Hewitt 90 seconds later to tie the game at 3-3 and the match looked very evenly balanced heading into the third period.

The third period started badly for the Huskies as the Hawks retook the lead with a shorthanded goal on 43 minutes and then fired in two more goals just 11 seconds apart to give them a 3-6 lead by a 50.40. 23 seconds after that, the Huskies pulled a goal back through Anthony Hughes and a second strike by the same player on 54 minutes gave them some hope of salvaging something from the game.

The clock ticked down and there was no further goal action. The Huskies pulled netminder Stephen Burns for the last 30 seconds in order to add an extra attacker but they were unable to force a last ditch breakthrough and the match finished at 5-6 to the Hawks.

Full Line Ups:
Halton Huskies: Anna Barnett, Anthony Hughes, Connor Cooper, Daniel Trust, David Simonds, Edward Ridding, James Kelly, James Behan, James Williams, Jeff Chapman-Watson, Michael Parkin, Nathan Hewitt, Paul Barratt, Richard Evans, Stephen Burns, Stephen Hay.

Steel City Hawks: Aaron Domelia, Alexander Manning, Andrew Stafford, Andrew Cruise, Benjamin Cowell, Joe Scaife, Joseph Foster, Joshua Connolly, Luke Ryalls, Marc Maddy, Matthew Smith, Michael Winfield, Ryan Collinson