Whitley Warriors claim impressive road victory in Solihull

Whitley Warriors' Callum McQueenan. Picture by Colin Edwards
Whitley Warriors' Callum McQueenan. Picture by Colin Edwards

Whitley Warriors continued their superb start to the 2015-16 campaign with a 6-2 victory at Solihull Barons on Sunday evening.

The visitors were almost at full strength as the only senior player missing from the line-up was the injured Dean Holland, who still made the journey to the Midlands to support his team-mates.

The first period was a niggly affair with seven minor penalties being called by referee William Hewitt. Warriors picked up five, but their penalty kill was at the top of its game and after 20 minutes of action the scores remained level at 0-0.

Just a minute into the second period Whitley took the lead when speedy winger Callum Watson fired home.

Solihull quickly replied as the highly thought of Thomas Soar levelled the scores with 30 minutes on the clock.

Four minutes later Whitley retook the lead when Harry Harley lit the lamp, and before the end of the session Warriors held a 3-1 lead as youngster Callum Queenan also got on the scoresheet.

Whitley continued to impress and increased their advantage just 21 seconds into the final period when captain Jamie Tinsley fired home after being set up nicely by the lively Queenan.

Then defenceman Daniel Pye made it 5-1 shortly afterwards.

The home side were still creating offensive opportunities of their own, though, and Phil Knight pulled a goal back with 47 minutes of the game played.

Queenan grabbed his second goal of the contest late on when the teenage winger fired home an unassisted marker for Warriors, which saw the game end 6-2 in favour of the Tynesiders.

In the latter stages of the game a number of fighting penalties were called by the officials, one of the altercations saw Barons veteran Perry Doyle and Warriors Canadian import Andre Payette drop the gloves as the two experienced players went toe to toe.

Warriors have a double header next weekend as they face a trip to Telford on Saturday before a home encounter against Solihull Barons at Hillheads Sunday, face-off 5pm.

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