SOLIHULL Barons got their pre-season schedule off to a flying start after thrashing the league’s new boys Deeside Dragons 10-1 on Sunday evening.
Both sides were evenly matches at the start of the first period but it was the visitors who opened the scoring on ten minutes thanks to a strike from player coach Scott McKenzie.
The Barons levelled things up for the evening through the prolific Tom Soar and by the second period they had found their form.
Soar scored a second and further goals from Niklas Ottosson, Joe Henry and Dave Rogers opened up a clear gap between the two sides.
The final period saw the Barons extend their lead further with Soar netting twice more alongside Josh Bruce, Andy Whitehouse and the returning Richard Slater.
It was a convincing win for the Barons although the Dragons will be a somewhat tougher prospect in the league as key players return and the systems of new coach Scott McKenzie hit home.
For the Barons there was a reassurance that their high-scoring play from last year looks solid once more and their strong roster has returned with a few additions, fit and hungry for the new season.
The Barons are back in action on Sunday evening when they face local rivals the Telford Tigers in their final pre-season tie before the league starts.