SOLIHULL Barons ended their 2015/16 league campaign with a win and defeat which sees earns them a seeding position for the play-offs in their first campaign in the Moralee Division One.
The weekend started with a trip to Blackburn to take on league leaders Blackburn Hawks in what was difficult fixture for the Barons.
And so it proved with the game only a couple of minutes old before the Barons’ Dave Rogers and the Hawks’ Ollie Lomax tussled after the latter had checked Ed Eaton into the boards.
By the end of the first period the Hawks held a 3-0 lead and this set the tone for the rest of the match which proved to be a feisty affair.
The Barons got on the scoresheet courtesy of an Andy Whitehouse goal but the hosts were in full control of the tie and were backstopped by a strong performance from netminder Stuart Ashton as they ran out 8-2 winners.
They had a chance to bounce back immediately on Sunday and they did just that with skipper celebrating his final competitive home game with a 6-1 victory over Sheffield Spartans.
Despite the Barons being several spots ahead of the Spartans on the league table it was the visitors who scored first thanks to an effort from Shaun Wild on five minutes.
The lead however was short-lived with Niklas Ottosson levelling things up for the Barons within a few seconds of the restart.
The remainder of the first half of the game saw the sides match each other shot for shot with strong net minding performances coming from both sides and no further scoring.
The deadlock was broken just after the half-hour with Ryan Selwood punching the Barons into the lead for the first time.
And the final period dominated by the Barons with the home side finding the net four more times as they finally started to get the better of Spartans goalie Andrew Bagshaw to give a scoreline that perhaps flattered Solihull.
The Barons have a break this weekend before heading to Ice Sheffield for the play-off weekend on April 9 and 10 where they will face Whitley Warriors.
The season will be rounded off on April 24 with a special testimonial game for Roby Eley as Barons take on a Legends team.