SOLIHULL Vixens remain second in the Women’s Elite League, despite suffering a 4-2 home defeat to Guildford Lightning.
In a clash between two of the top three sides, the game started at a good pace but it quickly became apparent the visitors had come fully prepared to take the game to the Vixens.
This was underwritten when, at 4.57, Solihull’s Gemma Taylor took a minor penalty for boarding and Guildford’s Louise Adams found Alison Emery bearing down on Michelle Franklin’s net and fired home the opening goal.
The Vixens battled on valiantly but Guildford had a sufficient hold on the game to cramp out any flowing play from the Midland girls.
Halfway through the first period Guildford’s Hannah Ingledew passed the puck to her line mate Beth Hill who fed the puck though the tightest gap past Franklin for Guildford’s second.
The Vixens rallied during the period break and came flying out of the trap with captain Katie Henry picking out a pass to Jess Urquhart to put the Vixen’s on the scoresheet and narrow the gap.
However, after 32 minutes Guildford restored their two-goal lead when Emery found the target again to make it 3-1.
But the lead last just seven seconds when Solihull’s assistant captain Saffron Allen took control from the face off and fed the puck to Hannah Maurice who pulled it back to 3-2 with a fine finish.
The final period was a close encounter with chances being created at both ends but the luck of the day went the way of the visitors with Amy Mansbridge of Guildford giving a long pass to Adams who managed to squeeze the puck into the Vixens net and seal a 4-2.