24th Oct, 2016

Solihull Barons draw with rivals Teflord in ten-goal thriller

Steve Carpenter 12th Sep, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A BATTLING performance saw Solihull Barons come away from local rivals Telford Tigers with a point following an entertaining 5-5 draw on Sunday.

The game started badly for the Barons with the Solihull side going down after less than five minutes as the Tigers’ Adam Brittle scored a short-handed goal for the home side.

And by ten minutes the Barons were 2-0 down after Bradley Betteridge got his name on the scoresheet for Telford.

The start of the second mirrored that of the first as Brittle once more found the net with a short-handed goal for Telford.

This however would be cancelled out quickly by the Barons as Dale White ensured the steep 3-0 deficit would last only a minute.

The remainder of the middle period saw the two sides trade a pair of goals each, with Rich Slater and Joe Henry finding the net for Solihull, keeping the Telford advantage to two goals.

Some end of period fisticuffs saw agitating forwards Joe Henry and Bradley Betteridge clash, while the Barons Henry’ earned his Gordie Howe hat-trick for a goal, assist and fight in a single game.

The final period saw the sides closely matched but it was the Barons who found the net thanks to Niklas Ottosson and Rich Slater pulling the scores even with less than five minutes to go.

A penalty call on the Barons with under two minutes on the clock set up a nervous end to the game for the travelling support but the visitors held out for the draw.

The Barons now face the long trip north to Northumbria’s Whitley Bay for a clash with the Warriors on Sunday before returning home to Solihull to face Deeside Dragons on September 25.