Flyers frozen out in Senators demolition

Bobby Caunce - Fylde Flyers lone scorer against Sheffield
Bobby Caunce - Fylde Flyers lone scorer against Sheffield
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FYLDE Flyers ice hockey team slumped to a dismal 12-1 reverse at home to Sheffield Senators.

They paid the price for being without some of their Latvian players and half-a-dozen more key personnel.

To compound a bad day, Fylde again picked up three injuries.

“They are becoming a nightmare for us,” said club spokesman Dick Gillingham.

For the second time this season Sheffield proved to be far too strong for the Flyers.

The home team competed reasonably well for the first 10 minutes or so.

The match burst into life in the third minute when new signing Jason Pirie received four penalty minutes off the rink.

In the scuffle that led to his penalty, he damaged his hand so badly that he was unable to continue.

Dan Etherington sustained an arm injury and player-coach Mark Gillingham ended with shoulder, hip and foot injuries.

After a closely contested opening 10 minutes, Sheffield pulled away with two goals in the 10th minute followed by three more in the 19th.

Although Bobby Caunce put Fylde on the scoreboard just before the end of the first period, there was no way back for the locals.

This was a game where every bounce went in favour of the visitors and at least three goals came from crazy deflections.

Tom Murphy took the most valuable player prize for the Flyers for a commendable, all-action display.

Tom Humphries, the league’s leading scorer, took the eye for Sheffield with six goals and two assists.

Fylde’s next match is a re-arranged fixture at Cleveleys against Hull Stingrays on March 3 (4,30pm).