Kingston Jets 1 - 10 Trafford Metros
Sunday saw the Trafford Metros bounce back in style from their home loss to the Whitley Warriors with a crushing victory over the Kingston Jets on Humberside.
The Metros started this game with speed and precision, determined to put last week's disappointment behind them and the home side simply could not match the visitors' pace. As a consequence, the game was over as a contest in less than twelve minutes: the Metros cruising to a four-goal lead to which the Jets had no answer.
Metros' scoring began when Andy McKinney, playing his first game for Trafford, netted inside two minutes assisted by Jon Maw. Jamie Rogerson bagged a brace before the eleven-minute mark with assists from Tom King and Tom Hurley (2). The final nail for Kingston's netminder, Karl Holmes, was Andy McKinney's second assisted by John Murray when he was withdrawn in favour of Tristan Rodgers. The substitution slowed the scoring rate down, but the damage to Kingston's chances was already done. Jake Nurse added the Metros fifth, with McKinney and Max Drakeley assisting in the 15th minute and it was Drakeley who completed the first period scoring on the 18-minute mark.
The first interval brought little respite for the beleaguered Jets as John Murray made it a seven-goal margin just over three minutes into the second session and the Metros went on to dominate the home side, outshooting them 23-4 without adding further to the comfortable lead.
The final session was lit up by a straight hat-trick for Tom Hurley as the Metros continued to totally dominate their hosts. Had this been a boxing bout, it would have been stopped, but the Jets bravely battled on and they eventually drew a rash of penalties on the Metros that gave them a long two-man advantage. This opportunity saw the home side register their consolation marker, Cobley assisted by Jeffcock spoiling a near faultless performance from metros goalie Tom MacDonald.
A buoyant team left the Hull Arena nine goals to the good, their confidence having been given an essential fillip prior to the coming weekend's double-header against the team they beat in last season's promotion/relegation battle - the Blackburn Hawks.
A Metros' official said, "The team came out flying. All three lines worked hard for each other. At times it was a treat to watch. They were rewarded for their efforts very early in the game and that told in concentration in the mid-section. It's rare that a team can come here and find that the home defence is missing. We were able to take advantage of that and have come home with an excellent win. When the whole squad is able to take to the ice, we will be competitive in all rinks in this league".
Metros Man of the Match: Tom MacDonald
Shots on Goal (shots on Metros first): 26-62
Penalty minutes called: Metros 12; Kingston 18.
Tom Hurley 3+2, Jamie Rogerson 2+2, Tom King 0+4, Andy McKinney 2+1, Max Drakeley 1+1, John Murray 1+1, Jake Nurse 1+1, Jon Maw 0+1, Sean Day 0+1.
Nets: Tom MacDonald: 26/1: 96.15%