Spartans Enjoy Four Point, Four Star Weekend
Sheffield Spartans enjoyed a four point weekend with two hard fought wins over Whitley Warriors & Sutton Sting.
On Saturday the Spartans, who were missing several players went into the period break 2-0 up thanks to two goals from Ollie Barron, the first on 10.35 assisted Ross Jordan, the second on 19.40, assisted Jonathon Kirk & Scott Morris. It was a very good period with both teams looking to score goals, Spartans arguably the better of the two teams.
Whitley stepped it up a gear in the second period, a period in which Spartans didnâ€™t seem to have the same drive as they had in the first, struggling to come to terms with a strong Warriors side who pulled one back on 24.01 through Karl Culley. Spartans continued to battle but couldnâ€™t prevent Callum Watson forcing the puck home on 29.07, assisted Jamie Tinsley & Daniel Good to tie the game up. Spartans were rewarded for their efforts when James Maughan squeezed the puck in from a tight angle on the back post but Whitley were in the driving seat & despite being short-handed scored a great goal on through Karl Culley who left Brandon Stones no chance in Spartans goal, to make it 3-3 with Adam Reynolds claiming an assist on the goal. Both teams may have regretted miss chances in particular Spartans Scott Morris who was denied by Richard Lawson on a penalty shot.
Spartans gained the upper hand in the final period, especially after Stuart Brittle score a lovely unassisted, short-handed goal to put Spartans in front 48.15. Whitley fought hard to get back into the game but Spartans were playing well & wrapped the game up on 57.11 through Stuart Brittle who was set up perfectly by Ollie Barron to make it 5-3. Warriors pulled their netminder but couldnâ€™t break down Spartans well organised defence that saw the game out to end in victory for the home side in what was a good game of hockey. Spartans man of the match went to Stuart Brittle, who made a great impact with 2 debut goals.
Final Score: Spartans 5 Whitley Warriors 3
Then to Sunday at Ice Sheffield for Spartans â€œawayâ€ game against Sutton Sting in a match that saw Spartans put in a terrific all round team performance to claim a deserved victory against a very hard working Sting team that pushed Spartans all the way. It was an enjoyable & at times exciting end to end game with both teams looking dangerous going forward but it was Spartans who had the stronger defence enabling them to in the end claim the points.
Sting started the stronger in the first period but as it progressed, Spartans began to come more into the game but with neither team managing to find the net it ended 0-0 & was a fair reflection of the game to that point.
Into the second period which was initially even but it was Spartans that made the breakthrough on 24.41, Nick Manning scoring from Jonathon Kirk. From this point Spartans began to have greater control of the game although Sutton were still looking dangerous with Spartans thankful on several occasions for Brandon Stones pulling off some great saves to keep them in the game. Spartans created the better chances & should have gone into the break with a greater lead but were unable to make those chances count.
Spartans scored what was a vital 2nd goal, a well worked powerplay goal scored by Ollie Barron, assisted by Stuart Brittle & Jonathon Kirk on 41.29. It wasnâ€™t the goal that decided the game but it gave Spartans a bit of breathing space who had to ride some weak calls from the referee, successfully killing penalties with a great defensive performance that restricted Stingâ€™s chances to a minimum with Brandon Stones on hand when that defence was breached. Spartans bossed the final period & created numerous chances that went begging but did manage to convert one when good work from Will Barron found Nick Whyatt to score on 57.53, a goal that did kill the game to see Spartans run out 3-0 winners & deservedly so in the end to claim their first ever victory against Sutton. Spartans man of the match went to Brandon Stones who made solid saves all night, earning his first Spartans shut out.
Final Score: Sutton Sting 0 Spartans 3
Spartans have not got a game next weekend, our next match will be at home on Saturday 12th October against Blackburn Hawks facing off at 3.45pm