Warriors lose out to Trafford in low scoring contest

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WHITLEY Warriors were due to play two games last weekend but Sunday’s home game against Telford Titans was cancelled, which meant Saturday night’s trip to Trafford Metros was their only piece of action.

Telford only cancelled Sunday evening’s game on Saturday morning, citing transport issues as the reason why the Shropshire side could not travel to the north east to fulfil what would have been their first match of the 2012-13 campaign.

Titans’ start to the season has been severely delayed due to the fact that their own rink has been re-developed over the summer.

Once Telford do make it out onto the ice they will have tough fixture list to contend with as many of the NIHL North sides have already played around eight league games this season.

In Saturday’s match against Trafford, Whitley were without several key players as Ali Brummitt, Callum Watson and Liam McAllister all did not travel down to Manchester to take on the Metros while Dean Holland only made the trip to act as Warriors bench coach.

New signing Paul Shanks was available, though, and the former Newcastle ENL Viper made his Whitley debut.

Trafford got off to a great start and held a 2-0 lead by the end of the first period through strikes by Ben Brown and Alan Hough.

The middle session was scoreless, however, Warriors captain DJ Good got the visitors back into the game just a minute into the third period when he found the back of the net assisted by youngster Christian Johnson.

As Whitley chased the game they ran into some penalty trouble with Callum Pattison, Johnson and Garry Dowd all serving time in the sin bin in the last ten minutes of play.

Warriors were unable to find that crucial equalising goal and Metros picked up only their second league victory of the campaign.

Whitley captain DJ Good said: “The Metros game was very disappointing. The last two games have probably been the worst two in my time as a Warriors player.

“I don’t think we deserved the win, we aren’t good enough at the moment and we need to make some major changes.

“The only positive from the Metros games is that we were missing Ali Brummit, Callum Watson and Dean Holland, and if we had them playing we would most likely have won.

“Ali was out with a bad neck, Callum had trouble with his groin and Dean had problems with his shoulder.”

Whitley are next in action this Sunday when they take on the Sheffield Spartans at Hillheads (5pm face-off) and Warriors will be hoping to get back to winning ways after a few disappointing results of late.

Whitley have already picked up a victory over the Spartans this term when they secured a 5-2 victory at Ice Sheffield back in mid-September.