Weakened team hinders Flyers against Dragons

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FYLDE Flyers ice hockey team paid the price for missing seven players from their squad as they went down 11-4 at home to Deeside Dragons.

Fylde found the big physical presence of Deeside Dragons too much to handle.

The Welsh side recruited heavily over the summer and they came out in determined mood.

Fylde found themselves three goals down inside five minutes with the outstanding Shaun Kippin finding the net twice. Two further goals from Andrew Chappell put the Dragons 5-0 ahead in the 13th minute before Danny Jones pegged one back for the Flyers after good work by Andy Clark and Dan Etherington.

The second half of the game was far more evenly-balanced and a disallowed Flyers goal would have brought the sides even closer.

New net-minder signing Greg Ruxton was introduced in the 32nd minute and his four years of inactivity, following a knee re-construction, showed up as he conceded an early goal.

However, he battled his way into the game making a string of brave saves.

Fylde finished strongly after Deeside had swapped their net-minder.

Bobby Caunce deservedly took the most valuable player prize for the Flyers following three well-taken goals to bring another sizeable Cleveleys crowd to their feet.

Captain Andy Clark and young defenceman Troy Evans also showed up well.

Fylde now have a much-needed three week break and hopefully will be able to field a much stronger squad upon their return to action.

On Sunday the club will be running a coach to Sheffield Arena for the top Elite League game between Sheffield Steelers and Nottingham Panthers.

The £10 charge includes transport and a match ticket plus a behind the scenes tour prior to the game.

Both teams include North American National Hockey League players due to the current dispute over there between management and players.

Ring Mick Caunce on 07595393277 for further details and bookings.

The coach leaves Sub Zero at noon and the Saddle at Marton at 12.30pm.