A SEVENTH win in succession in the Midland Cup has ensured that the Solihull Barons will be top seeds for the knockout rounds – following a 13-2 win over Widnes Wild at Hobs Moat Road.
Daniel Brittle’s side were a class above their second-tier opponents, with Matt Maurice the star player after putting away four strikes on the night.
By the end of the first period, the hosts were six goals to the good after Adam Brittle, Daniel Mulcahy, Andy Whitehouse and Richard Slater added to Maurice’s quickfire double.
That lead was increased further when Callum Bowley, a hat-trick goal for Maurice and one from Tom Soar put Solihull 9-0 up and in full command of the fixture.
To Widnes’ credit, they re-emerged in the second period with greater purpose, registering on the scoresheet when Jakub Hajek (38.53) slid the ball home from close range.
But with the final period continuing in the same vein, the Barons went into double figures when Bowley found his second with a cleanly-struck shot that flew into the net.
Hajek punished the hosts for a rare defensive lapse with his second of the night, though the mistake was quickly forgotten when Maurice’s fourth of the night paved the way for Bowley to clinch his hat-trick, followed by a second for Slater.
Barons host Sutton Sting in the Moralee Division on Sunday (5.30pm), followed by a visit to Nottingham Lions on Sunday December 29 (7pm) in the final fixture of 2019.