Invicta overpowered by on-form Lions
Lee Valley Lions were at home to Invicta Mustangs on 8 November for their second of four matches. After their previous meeting which saw the Lions 8 – 2 victors, the Lions knew Invicta would come out harder and faster. It must have been all too familiar for Invicta when Nick Alley found the net at 0:32, assists going to Matt Drake and Mark Robinson. The Lions carried on applying pressure and captain Jay Hepburn found the net at 6:24, assisted by Nick Alley and Mark Robinson. At 14:47 Nick Alley found the net again for his 6th goal against Invicta in two games, Matt Drake with the assist.
End of 1st Period : Lions 3 – 0 Mustangs
The second period saw a stalemate for the first 10 minutes, but at 31:24 Invicta were first to score, courtesy of Michael Stokes and Bradley Slade supplying the assist. The Lions were unable to convert their chances in the second period, but created some good scoring opportunities.
End of 2nd Period : Lions 3 – 1 Mustangs
Invicta were first to score again in the final period: Jack Luton managed to find the net with a scramble in front of the goalie James Tipple at 46:23, the assist going to Thomas Oliver Mallet. It didn’t take the Lions long to reply and at 48:48 Matt Drake scored against his former club, Nick Alley and Mark Robinson all linking up again for the second time of the evening. Invicta hit back at the Lions, a goal at 55:18 coming from Bradley Guttridge, Bradley Slade and Kwame Holt getting the assists. However, captain Jay Hepburn killed off any chances that Invicta could have had with a unassisted short-handed goal timed at 56:07.
Final Score: Lions 5 – 3 Mustangs
MOM Mustangs :
MOM Lions : Nick Alley
Nick Alley 2 + 2, Jay Hepburn 2 + 0, Matt Drake 1 + 2 and Mark Robinson 0 + 3