NIHL North round-up: Barons Soar into play-offs

Solihull Barons remain on course for a top three finish in NIHL North Moralee D1 after picking up a pair of victories.

Thomas Soar (above) hit a hat-trick as Barons sealed a 7-4 success at Sheffield Senators and they followed up with a 6-4 home win against second-placed Whitley Warriors.

The results confirmed Barons’ place in the end-of-season play-offs at Sheffield.

Blackburn Hawks need just one point to retain the title after a 4-0 victory at home to Telford Tigers NIHL – Ben Simister (2) led their scoring.

Two goals in the final minute by Stevie Moore and Iain Bowie helped Solway Sharks secure a 6-4 victory at Sheffield Spartans.

Sharks followed up with a 3-3 draw at Sutton Sting to end the weekend in fourth place and they look well-placed to claim the final play-off spot.

Billingham Stars are level on points with the Sharks after a 9-1 road success against the Senators, but the Dumfries outfit have three games in hand on the Teessiders.

The Hawks maintained their 100% record in the Northern Cup with a 2-1 overtime victory at Billingham.

In Laidler D2, Widnes Wild boosted their chances of securing a place in the promotion/relegation play-off with a 13-0 home win against Bradford Bulldogs – Scott McKenzie scored six.

Adrian Palak (3), James Parsons (2) and Marc Lovell (2) topped the scoring for Deeside Dragons in their 9-1 home success over the Bulldogs.

Blackburn Eagles sealed their place at the play-off weekend after winning 7-1 at Coventry Blaze.

Stuart Parker (2) and Connor Glossop (2) led the way for Nottingham Lions as they ran out 5-1 winners at home to Blaze.

WEEKEND RESULTS

NIHL North Moralee D1

Blackburn Hawks 4-0 Telford Tigers NIHL
Sheffield Senators 1-9 Billingham Stars
Sheffield Senators 4-7 Solihull Barons
Sheffield Spartans 4-6 Solway Sharks
Solihull Barons 6-4 Whitley Warriors
Sutton Sting 3-3 Solway Sharks

NIHL North Laidler D2

Coventry Blaze 1-7 Blackburn Eagles
Deeside Dragons 9-1 Bradford Bulldogs
Nottingham Lions 5-1 Coventry Blaze
Widnes Wild 13-0 Bradford Bulldogs

NIHL Northern Cup

Billingham Stars 1-2 Blackburn Hawks (OT)

(Image permission: Keith & Jenny Davies)

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