Prospects Shine In First Pre Season Fixture
Dragons Player Coach Scott McKenzie is happy with the way his team started their pre season even though the Solihull Barons were able to see his side off with a 10-6 win at Hobbs Moat Road, Solihull.
A depleted Dragons team travelled down the M6 to face a new look Barons side that have a wealth of firepower with new signing Luke Brittle making a big impact with his new team. The Dragons however were missing key players such as Ross Kennedy, Gavin Austin, James Parsons, Jordan Bannon, Mike Brodin and Si Furnival.
Stepping in to cover were youth prospects Billy Perks and Charlie Spridgeon with NIHL2 players Scott Egerton and Michal Fico also icing. It was the Dragons that got off the mark first with an early goal but five unanswered Barons strikes gave the home team a heavy advantage. Dragons however would answer back just before the break to see the opening session end 5-2 in favour of the Barons.
The Dragons settled down in the second period and took the game to Solihull. A more aggressive style was the key as the Dragons pulled three goals back to make the score 6-5, but a goal for the Barons at the end of the period saw the home side go in 7-5 up. The pace of the game, as expected, dropped off in the 3rd and the Barons skill level shone through. A single Dragons goal and three Barons goals would end the scoring at 10-6 but both teams were happy with a well faught, fair game.
Dragons goals were scored by Alex Parry, Craig Lutkevitch, Andy Chappell, Chris Jones ×2, and Geoff Wigglesworth. Mckenzie was happy with his team’s attitude throughout; “I was really impressed with my guys on Sunday. They just don’t know when they’re beat. We never stopped, never quit and played for the full 60 minutes. I made it clear to the guys that the result wasn’t important and to focus on getting match fit and understanding team elements rather than the scoreline. We certainly did that. Obviously missing some key players we needed the young guys to step up and they did that. Billy (Perks), Charlie (Spridgeon) and Scott (Egerton) really stepped up, got a lot of ice time and helped contribute.
They will have gained a lot of experience from Sundays game that’s for sure.” “Overall I am really happy with the team. This time last year we got battered 10-1 by a weaker Barons team. So to close the gap by 5 goals shows that we are in a good place.” League preparations continue for The Dragons this week as they travel to Altrincham on Saturday for their second pre season test against the Altrincham Aces. Sunday night will see the same fixture reversed as the Aces travel along the m56 to face The Dragons at The Den. Face off is 5:45pm. Tickets are £7 for adults and £1 for children. For more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
photo courtesy of Mike Burrowes