Hawks v Solihull Barons – Saturday 7 March
A quick start for the Blackburn Hawks in their first game of the weekend saw them draw first blood, scoring in under a minute with a strike from Aaron Davies just before the first minute passed. The Solihull Barons didn’t take long to re-level the score with a goal from former Hawk Phil Mulcahy before going behind again as Hawks take revenge courtesy of Corey Lee. From there though the away side’s slick passing and quick play left Hawks at a stand still and Barons took full advantage slotting in 5 unanswered goals (Dan Mulcahy, Matt Maurice, Paul Stanley and a brace from former Hawks fan favourite Adam Brittle before the period ended).
End of First Period: BLACKBURN HAWKS 2-6 SOLIHULL BARONS
The second 20 minutes of play continued in the same vein as the first period finished, with the Solihull Barons claiming the majority of the possession and the majority of the shots on goal. The Blackburn Hawks were forced into defensive play and the away side convert three of their shots (Tom Soar, Phil Mulcahy completing his brace and Adam Brittle his hat trick), spaced regularly throughout the period. Hawks battled back towards the end of the second and pinched back a well worked Lee Pollitt goal for their third of the game
End of Second Period BLACKBURN HAWKS 3-9 SOLIHULL BARONS
The impressive Solihull Barons form remained unrelenting in the final period but the Blackburn Hawks showed more and more improved play as the game progressed. As such, the third period saw the teams much more evenly matched with more end to end hockey. Not for a lack of trying, the Barons’ last line of defence remained unbeaten for the last 20 minutes of play while a brace of top drawer almost un-saveable shots from Matt Maurice and Andrew Whitehouse and a third unlucky-for-Hawks goal from Tom Soar added to the away side’s tally to ensure the 2 points winged their way back down the M6 to Solihull.
End of match: BLACKBURN HAWKS 3-12 SOLIHULL BARONS
Whitley Warriors v Hawks Sunday 8 March
A short benched Blackburn Hawks team took the long trip to Whitley Bay on Sunday to take on the newly crowned League champions Whitley Warriors. Always an intimidating venue up play at, the fans were in fine voice ready to see the Newcastle United Longstaff brothers, Sean and Matty present their Dad’s team with the league trophy.
The Whitley Warriors came out with all guns blazing and took the game to the Hawks, who were pinned back by the home side and forced to play defensive hockey. Although an un-assisted goal followed by a further team effort are scored by the Warriors’ Dean Holland within the first 7 minutes of play, Hawks started to warm up into the game and limited the damage for the remainder of the period. A few breakaway chances for Hawks were dealt with by the Warriors to maintain the clean sheet they started with.
End of first period: WHITLEY WARRIORS 2-0 BLACKBURN HAWKS
Hawks stepped up a gear in the second period and broke out of their defensive rut, making the second 20 minutes of play much more competitive in response to the Whitley Warriors’ solid start. A well worked early period goal for the home side from Kyle Ross received little complaints as Hawks gave credit where due but Warrior’s second goal was much more opportune as the Jordan Barnes came straight out of the penalty box and managed to squeeze the puck over the goal line. Hawks fought back with a late short handed screamer from Aaron Davies to get themselves on the board and back within three.
End of Second Period WHITLEY WARRIORS 4-1 BLACKBURN HAWKS
Turnover of the puck was high in the third period as the Blackburn Hawks and the Whitley Warriors battled for possession and control of the game. With offensive chances for both teams they each also defended well leading to a goal-less first 15 minutes of the period. The Warriors broke the deadlock through a Harry Harley goal after a stint of keeping Hawks under pressure before the latter claimed a last minute slick James Royds goal that was unfortunately too little too late.
End of game WHITLEY WARRIORS 5-2 BLACKBURN HAWKS