Bit of a Catch up

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Bit of a Catch up

Postby exussum » 07 Aug 2012, 18:46

We have been a bit behind on posts recently. George has done some reports below for us

Vs. Wyre

Wyre Seagulls are becoming a welcome opponent for the Phantoms. They stepped in with a few days’ notice to replace the Nottingham Phantoms, who pulled out the day that the England vs. Italy fixture was announced (lads, sort your priorities out, please).

These two teams are proving to be a good match for each other, both having a mix of abilities. However, on this occasion the Phantoms brought slightly more firepower, with the visitors perhaps missing some of their more dangerous players. However, the home side were forced to work hard for their goals by the visiting ‘keeper, who spent most of the game standing on his head. Of their six goals, three were re-directs and two were rebounds, a handy illustration of how going to the net can win a hockey game.

The final score: 6-2 to the Phantoms.

Vs. Blackpool

The other (original!) Seagulls are conveniently playing their home games at Deeside, so they invited the Phantoms to play an away game on their own ice on the 1st of July. This was a hotly anticipated fixture, as the previous meeting of the two sides had been a highly competitive 4-2 win for the Seagulls. The Phantoms entered the game knowing that a good performance could produce their most satisfying victory of the season.

Their hopes were buoyed in the early stages of the game as they traded goals with the visitors. Once again, the more experienced Seagulls dominated the special teams, with the Phantoms unable to punish the Seagulls for taking a series of penalties in the second period. Iiro Tillikainen notched his first Phantoms goal in style, but the Seagulls composure was beginning to show as they cut the Phantoms apart with some stretch passes, ending the period 5-3 up.

The Phantoms were determined not to let the game slip away without a fight, and came out firing in the third period. Derrick Heaton-Rue got both sides up off the benches with a shorthanded breakaway, but it was Brett Hobson who led the fightback to 5-5 with two slick goals, including a highlight-reel top shelf blast. Pretty good considering his stick is a listed antique. The Seagulls answered back quickly, however, their two goals late in the third crushing Phantoms’ hopes of a dramatic comeback victory. Final score: Seagulls 7 - Phantoms 5.

Despite losing the Phantoms were proud of the team spirit that saw them fight back to level. The Seagulls are shaping up to be the Phantoms’ biggest rivals, and this proved to be a gritty, occasionally bruising encounter. Our day will come...

Vs Sheffield Ice Tigers

The visit of the Ice Tigers gave the Phantoms a chance to get a rare victory against a Sheffield side, having come off second best against the Squeelers, Don Valley Vikings and Vipers in the last year or so. Unfortunately it was business as usual.

Despite missing some key players the team were upbeat about facing an Ice Tigers side that had recently shown some mixed results against familiar teams. The Phantoms continued their tradition of conceding an early first goal, before striking back twice to pull ahead. Despite actually holding the lead the home team were being subjected to a barrage of shots from the visitors. Jamie Sacrratt, walking on water, kept the period score down to a respectable 2-2.

The Phantoms attempted to rally in the second, but by this point it was clear that the Sheffield side had come to dominate. Their passing was assured, they created traffic in front of the net and their defensemen were comfortably joining in the attack. Defensive heroics from the home side were not enough to stop the visitors from pouncing on mistakes, and making the score 5-2 at the end of the second period.

In the third period the Phantoms finally caved in, allowing a whopping eight goals. The only highlight was Tom Court’s consolation goal; drifting past two skaters and waiting patiently for the keeper to drop.

Jamie Scarratt was a deserving MVP, having faced more rubber than a dead skunk on a trans-Canada highway*. The final score: Sheffield 13 – Phantoms 3.
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Re: Bit of a Catch up

Postby dheatonrue » 09 Aug 2012, 18:17

Excellent work George you were born to this job. Thank you and well done.

P.s. if you want to invent any goals for DHR in every game as a default post that would make me even happier. :D
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