Flyers brought down to earth

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THE going has certainly got tough for Fylde Flyers after a double defeat.

Having been edged out by Flintshire Freeze 9-7 in their English National Ice Hockey League clash in Cleveleys, a depleted Flyers side were well beaten 13-2 at Sutton Sting 24 hours later.

Missed chances cost the Flyers dear against the Welsh side, who are third in division one, at the Sub-Aqua Arena.

Fylde went ahead in the second minute, when Elvis Veldze found the net after good work by Tom Murphy and Mark Gillingham.

Flintshire came back to lead after five minutes only for coach Mark Gillingham to equalise in the seventh.

The sides traded goals until a Flintshire burst of scoring put them 9-5 ahead with eight minutes remaining.

Flyers cut the gap as Veldze laid on two goals in quick succession for Kurtis Hall and Dan Bracegirdle, but the home side ran out of time.

All-action Andy Clark was named Most Valuable Player but injured top scorer Bobby Caunce was certainly missed.

Without several players in Sheffield to face the second-placed Sting, Fylde found themselves 7-0 down inside ten minutes.

Sting’s passing and shooting was of the highest order, though the Flyers’ skeleton deserve credit for containing a side which has already qualified for the play-offs for the rest of the game.

Tom Murphy took the MVP, who scored one of the consolation goals. Wayne Whitby netted ther other.

The Fylers hope for revenge – and for a full-strength side – when the Sting visit Cleveleys on Saturday (5pm).