SKATER HOCKEY: Flames on fire with two wins over weekend
SWINDON Flames’ two youngest teams travelled to Farnborough and returned with wins despite both being short of players.
The Pee Wee side easily overcame the new team from Yarnton in Oxfordshire, who were playing their very first game. Team captain Joseph Llewellyn put Flames ahead in the third minute and, by the time seven minutes had ticked by, the skipper had himself a hat-trick with Adrian Smith and Oliver Waldron both getting assists.
Adrian Smith hit a fourth halfway through the first period before Yarnton broke forward to score their first goal. However, Llewellyn scored twice more before the break to give Flames a 6-1 lead.
The second period went much the same way, with the Swindon side in control for long periods. Llewellyn scored a further five goals and, although Yanton again managed to get forward for a second of their own, an own goal and further strikes from Freddie Fletcher and Harvey Clark gave the Swindon side a comfortable 14-2 victory.
The Youth team were missing a number of players, including captain and leading goalscorer Liam Coleman, although they were able to welcome back netminder Jade Kenealy against Banbury Bulldogs. The game developed into a feisty encounter, with Swindon running into penalty trouble which enabled Banbury to take the lead.
Harry Gobey and Harry Llewellyn combined to put Flames in front but further penalty calls disrupted the Swindon team and the Bulldogs took advantage to level matters and then take the lead prior to the half-time break.
Swindon came out in the second period in a determined manner and hit the Bulldogs with three quick strikes with an own goal, followed by two more from Gobey. Further goals from Llewellyn and Ethan Easton extended the lead before Bulldogs eventually managed a response.
The Banbury side began to get frustrated and ran into penalty trouble themselves, as the game became scrappy. Inside the last two minutes Easton scored his second and Gobey took his total to four and, although Bulldogs scored with nine seconds remaining, Flames had by then done enough to take both points to consolidate their second place in the league with a 7-5 victory.
Swindon Flames are always looking to recruit new members at all levels and are especially seeking new members for the newly formed Pee Wee (under 12) team.
Training is held weekly at the Link Centre on Saturdays from 10am-11am under the guidance of GB ice hockey coach Mark Beggs. Further information can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by ringing 01793336290 or 01793820856.