HAWKS suffer double disapointment
Blackburn HAWKSâ€™ winning start to the season ended in double-header away disappointment.
Hawks were held to a 1-1 draw at Sheffield Spartans on Saturday, before Billingham Stars exacted revenge for their 2-1 defeat at Hawks in the first round of the cup with a 4-1 win in the reverse fixture â€“ Hawksâ€™ first loss of the season in six games.
Jared Owenâ€™s side were missing key players this weekend, with David Meikle, Ivo Dimitrijevs and Scott Robson unavailable on Saturday, and Daniel Brittle added to the list of absentees on Sunday.
â€œI think we have suffered from a little bit of complacency,â€ said Owen, right.
â€œWe made a good start to the season, but no games last weekend seems to have upset us.
â€œWe came back to two difficult games this weekend and we have been brought back down to earth with a bumpâ€.
Hawks trailed at Sheffield, against a side they had beaten handsomely at home last month.
Owenâ€™s men made a host of chances but struggled to convert.
Myles Dacres eventually came up with a welcome equaliser to maintain their unbeaten run in the league.
But last seasonâ€™s play-off champions they were to taste defeat for the first time this term the following day.
Having beaten Billingham 2-1 at home in the first match of the cup â€“ which operates a round-robin system â€“ Stars were out for revenge. They were 1-0 up at the end of the first period and closed the second with a single power play goal.
Tempers flared after Stars made it 3-0 with another power play strike. Dacres was penalised for a punch and the home side took advantage to make it 4-0.
Adam Brittle scored a consolation with just 10 seconds on the clock, but it did little to lift Hawksâ€™ spirits.
â€œThey outworked us, they outplayed us and they finished their chances well – all credit to Billingham,â€ said Owen.