Solway Sharks need just two more points to be crowned NIHL North Moralee D1 champions after securing two victories from their weekend double-header against Blackburn Hawks.
Kim Miettinen (2) and Daniel Abercrombie (2) topped the scoring in their 8-2 home success, while Stuart Kerr (above) bagged the winner as Sharks won 3-2 on the road.
Billingham Stars are almost certain to finish runners-up after winning 6-5 at home to third-placed Solihull Barons – Chris Sykes (2) and Jack Watkins (2) were amongst their scorers.
Shaun Kippin scored twice for Whitley Warriors in their 4-2 home victory over Telford Tigers NIHL, while Lloyd Gibson weighed in with a couple of goals in Sutton Sting’s 3-1 success at Deeside Dragons.
Blackburn Eagles continued their march to the Laidler D2 title with a 6-3 home win against Sheffield Senators – Steve Hetherington (3) led their scoring.
Widnes Wild strengthened their grip on second place with a four point weekend on the road, winning 8-3 at Bradford Bulldogs and 3-1 at Nottingham Lions.
Hull Jets came from 4-1 down to win 5-4 at Altrincham Aces, while Coventry Blaze NIHL lost 6-1 at home to Nottingham.
NIHL North Moralee D1
Billingham Stars 6-5 Solihull Barons
Blackburn Hawks 2-3 Solway Sharks
Deeside Dragons 1-3 Sutton Sting
Solway Sharks 8-2 Blackburn Hawks
Whitley Warriors 4-2 Telford Tigers NIHL
NIHL North Laidler D2
Altrincham Aces 4-5 Hull Jets
Blackburn Eagles 6-3 Sheffield Senators
Bradford Bulldogs 3-8 Widnes Wild
Coventry Blaze NIHL 1-6 Nottingham Lions
Nottingham Lions 1-3 Widnes Wild
(Image permission: David Morrison)