Whitley Warriors moved to within five points of NIHL1 North Moralee D1 leaders Blackburn Hawks after picking up a pair of victories.
David Longstaff (above) and Adam Reynolds got the goals as Warriors won 2-1 at Solway Sharks, and Longstaff was on target again in their 3-1 success at home to Sheffield Spartans – Joe Stamp and Jamie Tinsley were the other scorers.
Sharks bounced back from the Warriors loss to record a 7-4 victory at Billingham Stars – Martin Cingel (2) topped their scoring.
Hawks endured mixed fortunes, winning 10-0 on home ice against the Stars before crashing 8-4 at play-off chasing Solihull Barons.
That result completed an excellent weekend for Perry Doyle’s team, who also defeated the Spartans 2-1 in Sheffield.
Sutton Sting secured four points from their weekend double-header against Sheffield Senators, winning 7-2 and 7-3 against the league’s bottom team.
In Laidler D2, Scott McKenzie (3), Geoff Wigglesworth (2) and Shaun Dippnall (2) led the scoring for Widnes Wild as they ran out 8-5 winners at Bradford Bulldogs.
Luke Thomas, Rob Perks, Samuel Jackson and Dan Hazeldine were on target as Nottingham came from 2-0 down at Coventry Blaze to win 4-2, but Lions failed to follow up on home ice as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Altrincham Aces.
NIHL North Moralee D1
Billingham Stars 4-7 Solway Sharks
Blackburn Hawks 10-0 Billingham Stars
Sheffield Spartans 1-2 Solihull Barons
Sheffield Senators 2-7 Sutton Sting
Solihull Barons 8-4 Blackburn Hawks
Solway Sharks 1-2 Whitley Warriors
Sutton Sting 7-3 Sheffield Senators
Whitley Warriors 3-1 Sheffield Spartans
NIHL North Laidler D2
Bradford Bulldogs 5-8 Widnes Wild
Coventry Blaze 2-4 Nottingham Lions
Nottingham Lions 1-2 Altrincham Aces
(Image permission: Duncan Speirs)