November 7, 2019
The start of the third month of the NIHL season saw plenty of action across all competitions. Here’s a run down of results from November 2/3.
Swindon Wildcats remain clear at the top of NIHL National, after a fourth successive four-point weekend. They saw off Raiders 5-2 at home on Saturday before taking a 5-1 road win at Milton Keynes Lightning on Sunday.
Telford Tigers remain hot on their heels picking up three points from a home win over Leeds Chiefs, 5-3, and an 5-4 overtime defeat at Hull Pirates.
The top two have opened a little gap to Peterborough Phantoms in third. Phantoms won at Bracknell Bees on Saturday 3-2 but fell at home the following night, Basingstoke Bison taking a 5-3 success.
Bison are fourth in the table, adding a 3-2 OT win over MK to their road success at Peterborough.
Hull’s only game was their OT success over Telford on Sunday and they take fifth place in the table.
Sheffield Steeldogs were the first away team to face Leeds Chiefs, albeit this one at Blackburn as work continues at Elland Road. Sheffield spoiled the party with 6-3 win in their only fixture of the weekend, keeping them in sixth spot.
Bracknell were one-goal losers twice – at home to Peterborough as mentioned as well as 6-5 at Raiders on Sunday.
It’s the Raiders who complete the playoff picture at the moment in eighth spot after their split weekend.
Leeds Chiefs came back to earth following their first four-point weekend at the end of October, starting November with a pair of losses to be three points off a playoff place at the moment.
MK Lightning are bringing up the rear at the moment – their injury list will hopefully heal and they will add Liam Stewart to their lineup this coming weekend to breathe life into their league campaign.
Into Division 1 and there was only one league game in the North – Blackburn Hawks came from behind to beat Sutton Sting 4-3 on Saturday. Whitley Warriors lead the table by a point from Solway Sharks, though the Dumfries outfit are a perfect five from five and have a game in hand. Solihull, Billingham, Sutton and Blackburn complete the playoff places, with Nottingham Lions missing out in seventh place.
Britton Divison action, Division 1 South, has the top six separated by just four points. Streatham’s perfect 8&0 record has them at the head of the standings while Solent Devils are also unbeaten in their eight games.
At the weekend Solent held off Raiders 8-4 on Saturday while there were Sunday wins for Solent, Cardiff Fire and Bracknell Hornets.
Division 2 North has a new leader, Bradford Bulldogs four point weekend moves them ahead of Hull Jets. Sheffield Senators and Telford Tigers complete the top four at present.
Bradford beat Widnes Wild 5-1 on Saturday, Hull Jets needed a shootout to defeat Altrincham Aces and Sheffield beat Telford 6-3. Sunday’s games had Altrincham picking up a 4-3 win at Widnes, Dragons pipped Sheffield 7-6 in OT and Bradford bagged 20 at Blackburn Hawks 2 – Harrison Walker adding seven goals to the five he scored against the same opponent two weeks earlier. Harrison is normally the ‘Dogs goalie!
In South 2 Guildford Phoenix are a point clear of Swindon Wildcats in the West, Phoenix with 6&0 record. They kept their unbeaten run with a 7-2 win over Basingstoke Buffalo on Saturday. There were also wins for Bristol Pitbulls, 15-0 over Solent, and Swindon 5-3 at Cardiff Fire.
The East division has Haringey Huskies on top, another team with a perfect record. This week’s games saw Invicta beat Bracknell Wasps 11-2 while Streatham edged Lee Valley Lions 6-4.
There was also significant Cup action across the weekend. Whitley Warriors had local bragging rights with a 6-2 win at Billingham Stars on Sunday in the North Cup. Solihull Barons and Sutton Sting maintained an unbeaten record in the Midland Cup beating Blackburn Hawks and Nottingham Lions respectively. Streatham IHC were 8-1 winners at Haringey in South 1 Cup.