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By Jamie Arrowsmith Wednesday 30 January 2013 Updated: 30/01 12:24
Nottingham Lions 8 Solihull Barons 3
National Two North
TOP of the table Nottingham overcame Barons’ challenge on Sunday night as the visitors suffered a difficult evening on the road.
Having picked up their first penalty of the game five minutes into the contest, when a charging call was made against Perry Doyle, Barons quickly got an idea of the tough night ahead of them as they conceded on the resultant powerplay, former Solihull Kings man Joe Wightman hitting the target.
Wightman went on to complete his hat-trick by the middle of the period, leaving Barons very much on the backfoot.
The visitors pulled one back with five minutes remaining when Dave Rogers struck, giving Barons fresh hope.
That hope did not last long though as the second period will not be featuring in Barons’ highlight reel any time soon.
Lions quickly hit the back of the net with goals from Gareth O’Flaherty and Stuart Parker whilst Barons went on to clock up the penalties. Jose Leon made it 6-1 before the end of the period, leaving the visitors with little but pride to play for in the second half.
They came out with a positive approach though and clawed two goals back through Doyle and Rich Slater but the hosts went on to rub more salt into the wounds with goals from Luke O’Branin and Gareth O’Flaherty.
Barons will bid to regroup on Sunday when they welcome Fylde Flyers to Hobs Moat Road (6pm).
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