Whitley Warriors in fine away win at Sheffield Senators

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Whitley Warriors had just the one game last weekend as they travelled to Sheffield Senators on Saturday afternoon in a NIHL North Division 1 clash.

Warriors were missing a number of players due to injury however David Longstaff still had a strong roster at his disposal given the overall strength of his Whitley squad.

Warriors teenage forward Callum Queenan who has been called up to the GB under 20 squad recently got Whitley off to a superb start as he found the back of the net just two minutes into the contest.

Queenan has been in great form for Whitley this season troubling opposition defences with his pace and trickery and selection for the national under 20s set up will be a huge boost to the talented forward who is still only 18 years old.

Warriors created numerous openings in the first period of action, however the talented Mark Hartley in Senators goal was able to turn away all of Whitley’s other efforts in the opening stanza of action.

The second period of play saw Warriors continue to create chances as Whitley had 19 shots on the home side’s goal, however Hartley continued to excel between the posts as he was able to prevent Warriors from adding to their 1st period strike.

Senators Oliver Simms was ejected from the game on the 24th minute mark for a boarding offence by the officials on duty.

Shortly into the final period of action Senators Jordan Martin was sent to the penalty box for a high sticking misdemeanour, however Sheffield were able to net a shorthanded goal to tie the game up which was credited to Alex Harding.

The game was level for just over a minute though as Andre Payette lit the lamp with 44 minutes on the clock after some nice build up play from Callum Watson and Scott Cooper.

Seventy seconds later Warriors took a 3-1 lead when Callum Queenan grabbed his second goal of the game with the lively Watson and DJ Good picking up the assists.

Andre Payette also grabbed his second goal of the contest with 53 minutes played when the experienced Canadian was assisted by player/coach David Longstaff and blue liner Scott Cooper.

Warriors were able to add another two goals late on in the match up through long serving forward DJ Good and youngster Kyle H Ross to claim the two points on offer at ice Sheffield thanks to a 6-1 victory against one of the division’s newest sides.

Supporters are reminded Warriors are in action on home ice this Sunday (November 8) when the Sheffield Spartans visit Tyneside for a NIHL North Division 1 match up.

Tickets are priced at £8.50 for adults and £6.50 while a family ticket can be bought for just £24 for what should be a highly entertaining game of hockey between two sides who will aiming to end the season in a play off place.

Warriors annual Halloween Party is also been held on Friday November 6 at 42nd Street in Whitley Bay.

The party gets underway at 7.30pm with tickets priced at £3 for adults, children can attend for free though it is adults only after 10pm.

Many of Warriors players and staff with be in attendance for the event that is enjoyed by everyone who attends.