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Lloyd Gibson was the star of the show as Sutton Sting resisted a spirited fightback by Billingham Stars to secure victory in NIHL North Moralee D1.
Gibson’s hat-trick put Sting 3-0 in front, but the Stars fought back to level the game through Dennis Bostrom (2) and Michael Elder.
However, the home team wouldn’t be denied and Gibson bagged his fourth of the game to seal a 4-3 win.
Struan Tonnar (5) topped the scoring for Solway Sharks in their 6-1 victory at Telford Tigers NIHL, and the Dumfries outfit followed up with a 4-1 success at Solihull Barons to maintain their 100% record.
In the Northern Cup, Dean Holland’s penalty shot 13 seconds from time sealed a 7-6 home success for Whitley Warriors against Blackburn Hawks.
Invicta Dynamos returned to winning ways with a four-point weekend to move up to third place in NIHL1 South.
Adam Rehak (2) led the scoring in Dynamos’ 4-2 win at London Raiders, while Ashley Jackson’s goal 34 seconds from time secured a 7-6 home victory against MK Thunder.
Juraj Huska and Danny Hammond both scored twice as leaders Chelmsford Chieftains triumphed 9-2 at Bracknell Hornets.
Streatham IHC raced to an impressive 7-1 success at Oxford City Stars – George Norcliffe (2), Alex Sampford (2), Callum Best (2) and Sean Scarbrough got the goals.
The Stars remain second in the table after winning 3-1 at MK Thunder. Richard Facey grabbed the equaliser for Solent Devils in their 2-2 draw with Bracknell.
London completed the group stages of the D1S Cup with a 4-2 win at Chelmsford. The two teams will meet again in the two-legged semi-final, while Invicta face Streatham.
Sheffield Senators closed the gap on Laidler D2 leaders Blackburn Eagles to four points with an impressive 3-0 road victory over their title rivals.
Daniel Hazeldine (3) led the way for Nottingham Lions as they won 9-3 at Hull Jets, while Ollie Barron weighed in with a couple of goals in Widnes Wild’s 4-2 home success against Altrincham Aces.
In the D2S Cup, Peterborough Islanders won 9-3 at home to Swindon Wildcats NIHL and Wightlink Buccaneers secured a 7-6 victory at Haringey Racers.
NIHL North Moralee D1
Solihull Barons 1-4 Solway Sharks
Sutton Sting 4-3 Billingham Stars
Telford Tigers NIHL 1-6 Solway Sharks
Whitley Warriors 7-6 Blackburn Hawks (Cup)
Bracknell Hornets 2-9 Chelmsford Chieftains
Chelmsford Chieftains 2-4 London Raiders (Cup)
Invicta Dynamos 7-6 MK Thunder
London Raiders 2-4 Invicta Dynamos
MK Thunder 1-3 Oxford City Stars
Oxford City Stars 1-7 Streatham IHC
Solent Devils 2-2 Bracknell Hornets
NIHL North Laidler D2
Blackburn Eagles 0-3 Sheffield Senators
Hull Jets 3-9 Nottingham Lions
Widnes Wild 4-2 Altrincham Aces
Haringey Racers 6-7 Wightlink Buccaneers (Cup)
Peterborough Islanders 9-3 Swindon Wildcats NIHL (Cup)