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Disappointing Night For Telford

Hexagon Telford Tigers travelled to Leeds on Friday night for a National League game against the current league champions and league leaders. Tigers were without Jake and Lucas Price and, Joe Aston but added new signing Aidan Wilson to the line up.

Tigers made the better start to the game and with the home side struggling to get going it was the visitors who took the lead. Scott McKenzie’s shot was well saved by Leeds’ net minder Sam Gospel but the in-form Fin Howells pounced on the rebound to open the scoring.

But the second period saw the home side get back to form and take control of the game. Five minutes into the period Dylan Hehir levelled the score. Two minutes later, Leeds’ top scorer Kieran Brown put the Knights ahead after a defensive turnover led to a breakaway. 

That goal was closely followed by a third for Leeds. Noah McMullen scoring for the Knights from close range after a scramble in front of the Tigers’ goal.

In the third period Tigers pushed to get back in the game but Leeds’ defence was resolute throughout. Late in the game Tigers pulled Brad Day from goal to add an extra attacker but this allowed Leeds to seal the game with Jordan Buesa and Matt Haywood scoring empty net goals.

Tigers fought hard during the game but came out empty handed as they head to a double header against Swindon Wildcats over the weekend.

Final Score: Leeds Knights 5 Hexagon Telford Tigers 1.

Scorers: Fin Howells.

Man of the match: Rhodes Mitchell-King.

After the game Head Coach Tom Watkins, commented, “Where do I start? We had a solid first, period which was controlled and disciplined allowing us to take the lead. In the second period we turn the puck over and get punished, they capitalise on a couple of half chances and we find ourselves two goals behind. In the third period we challenged the players to get us back into the game. Traditionally we don’t create a lot of five on five against the top teams but I liked our attitude and energy. We had a lot of end zone time, pushed really hard and played the majority of the third period in the offensive zone but didn’t create too many quality chances. We spent too much time on the outside and did not have enough presence around the net or inside the dots and we need players who are prepared to go hard to the net to create a threat in and around the goal. We work and focus hard at it in practice all week, come game day we have players on the outside who all think there are passes to be made when we should be driving towards their goal. Hockey is a game that is played in the trenches, we need to go to the right areas to get our rewards. That didn’t happen tonight.”

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