IT PROVED to be a disappointing weekend for the Solihull Barons after they tasted back-to-back defeats at Solway Sharks and Whitley Warriors in the National League Moralee Conference.
However despite the losses the Barons maintained third spot in the league but their rivals below did manage to make ground.
A busy weekend started with a trip to the Scottish border town of Dumfries to face Solway Sharks with the home side out for revenge after tasting defeat when the two sides last met in Solihull.
This time again the result would go in favour of the home side in what proved to be a high-scoring game.
The Barons went ahead through a Joe Henry strike with less than a minute on the clock but the home recovered well and scored four quick-fire goals to take a 4-1 lead after the first period.
For the remainder of the game the two sides traded goals but the Barons could never get within a couple of their opponents and the Sharks took home the points.
The following evening the Barons were in action at Whitley Warriors in what proved to be another high-scoring a game.
The visitors struggled to get the puck in the Warriors net and by the middle of the game were down 6-1 to the home side with Richard Crowe scoring the only Barons goal.
Injury to Whitley player Scott Cooper resulted in a break in play and when the game was restarted the Barons pulled goals back courtesy of Tomas Janak and Niklas Ottosson.
Thoughts of a comeback were however quickly extinguished as the Warriors again eased out the margin with a couple more goals.
A late goal by Josh Bruce helped produce a more respectable scoreline but the game ended 8-4 to Warriors as they failed to collect any points.
The Barons are preparing for another busy weekend as they head to local rivals Telford Tigers on Saturday before hosting Sheffield Senators in Solihull the following evening.