Whitley Warriors face Kirkaldy in first home game of season

Steelers Ice Hockey. Andre Payette
Steelers Ice Hockey. Andre Payette

Whitley Warriors kick off their home season with a return fixture with Scottish outfit Kirkaldy.

Warriors got their 2015/16 season off to the best possible start with a resounding 8-0 victory away from home against the Kirkcaldy Kestrels up in Scotland in a challenge game on Saturday evening.

Warriors were missing some of the more senior players from their line up.

However, this gave player coach Longstaff the opportunity to ice some of the clubs up and coming players in this challenge game against the Kestrels.

Warriors summer signing Andre Payette was at the top of his game, as the experienced Canadian power forward was able to grab two goals and also impress those in attendance with his all-round game play.

Other Whitley players who were amongst the points were, Jamie Tinsley and Martin Crammond, while skipper Tinsley also dropped the gloves when tempers frayed between the two sides during the match up.

Whitley fans have the opportunity to see their side in action this Sunday when Kirkcaldy travel down to the North East for the second challenge game between the two sides.

Face off is scheduled is take place at 7pm for what will be David Longstaff’s first home game as player/coach of the Whitley Warriors and it would be great to see a bumper crowd for the first Warriors game at Hillheads in the 2015/16 campaign