Spartans face Hawks

Spartans face a tricky fixture in Blackburn against the Hawks this Sunday as they bid to secure their NHIL1 safety at the earliest opportunity & a repeat of their 3-3 draw in Blackburn in the opening fixture of the season will achieve that.

Trafford Metros have to travel to league leaders Solway Sharks & anything other than a victory for the Metros will see the Spartans safe but although eyes will be on this fixture, the lads will be fully focused on nothing other than securing a win in Blackburn on Sunday & go into the weekend on the back of an improved performance in Telford & a good weeks training in preparation for what is always a difficult game against Blackburn on their own rink.

Despite an improved performance in Telford, Spartans slipped to a 4-1 defeat in a game that could have gone either way with both teams guilty of failing to make the most of their chances, some of which would have normally been tucked away and at the end of the first period, Titans had grabbed a scrambled goal that had gone in off a Spartans player as they struggled to clear the puck, but it was amazing that there had been just the one goal. Into the second period Alex Harding pulled one back to make it 1-1 in what was becoming a scrappy game but also exciting as both teams missed sitters to stamp their authority on the game. Towards the end of the period, Spartans had managed to get on top but were unable to do anything as Telford scored a well worked 2nd goal which saw them go into the second break 2-1 up. The game was more like the first, end to end with both teams creating numerous chances & after pinging the piping three times, Titans made it 3-1, from which point they were in control when Spartans Tom Parkinson went down after a good hit & fell awkwardly leading to a long delay with approx. 5 minutes of the game which was eventually played out in a subdued manner with Titans adding a fourth to secure the game 4-1 in a game where it could have quite easily seen both teams hit double figures with Titans maybe just shading it to deserve the victory.

Tom Parkinson was taken to hospital and was released following a full set of X-rays which proved that he was okay although in pain & very bruised & swollen. Tom & his family would like to thank the great support and care from the Spartans-the best team mates, the excellent care from the rink first aider, first response paramedic and hospital staff along with a sporting Titans team & crowd. Tom said he was sorry he used up the third period so there was no chance of a late rally from his team mates. He’s been back to school this week, which shows some grit & shows he’s made of strong stuff! We all wish Tom a speedy recovery!

Spartans next home game will be against Trafford Metros on Sunday 17th March with a face off time of 4.20pm. This is a rearranged fixture hence the 4.20pm face off time.

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