Under strength Whitley Warriors beaten by Solihull Barons

Whitley Warriors' DJ Good. Picture by Colin Lawson - IceHockeyMedia
Whitley Warriors' DJ Good. Picture by Colin Lawson - IceHockeyMedia

An under strength Whitley Warriors roster lost out to Solihull Barons in the Midlands on Sunday evening.

David Longstaff was without a number of influential players as Callum Queenan, Shaun Kippin, Scott Cooper and Stu Tomlinson were all out injured while import Andre Payette was suspended.

Despite all of the injuries, Whitley were still able to ice a squad of 15 skaters and two netminders with youngsters Craig Johnson, Liam Smedley and Kyle Ross, who have all impressed at senior level this term, included.

Solihull opened the scoring on seven minutes when Joe Henry found the back of the net.

But the visitors were not behind for long as Harry Harley beat Barons netminder Sam Hewitt under 20 seconds later.

Solihull regained the advantage through Stephen Heape and they held a narrow 2-1 lead after the opening 20 minutes of play.

The second period saw Warriors level the game up on 26 minutes when Longstaff netted after being set up by forward DJ Good.

Both sides went onto net a further goal in the middle session, with Whitley’s goal coming from youngster Ben Richards, who was also assisted by Good.

Warriors took the lead for the first time in the game four minutes into the final period thanks to an unassisted shorthanded marker from blue liner Harley.

But Solihull managed to net on a powerplay opportunity as Ed Eaton got on the only 62 seconds later.

Barons then grabbed two quick-fire goals through Josh Bruce and their captain Rob Eley as they claimed a 6-4 victory, which was their first success against Whitley this campaign.

Warriors captain Jamie Tinsley was named as their man of the match for a committed display in which he gave everything for his side’s cause.

Whitley are in action next weekend when they head down the A19 to Teesside to take on local rivals Billingham Stars in a NIHL North Division 1 game that is set to get under way at 6.30pm on Sunday evening.