Ice-hockey: Phantoms haunt Streatham as Redhawks frustrated by former goalie

By David Carr

A convincing win in Cardiff provided the high point of a frustrating weekend for Streatham RedHawks as they lost 2-0 to title-chasing Peterborough Phantoms in South London on Sunday.

The RedHawks made short work of bottom side Cardiff Fire on Saturday as they triumphed 6-0, with Canadian forward Andreas Siagris netting his first hat-trick for the club.

Streatham goalie Matt Colclough recorded another shut out, with the visitors’ other goals coming courtesy of Ryan Webb, Michael Farn and Alex Sampford. The lead was only 2-0 with 20 minutes to play after another slow start from the visitors.

However, the RedHawks’ hopes of completing a four-point weekend were dashed on Sunday, largely thanks to former Streatham goalie Euan King who turned away 41 shots to deny  his old club any joy in front of a much-improved crowd.

Will Wheldon and Nathan Salem scored two early first-period goals for the high flying Phantoms and they never looked back, maintaining their record as the only team Streatham are yet to beat this season.

“We started badly and when you do that you leave yourself work to do,” admitted Streatham head coach Jeremy Cornish.

“It was disappointing, especially as results didn’t go our way elsewhere with Bracknell Bees picking up a four-point weekend ahead of us in the standings.

“We played well in the second and third, but couldn’t find a way through.

“We don’t have many games left to close the gap in the standings and I will be looking for two improved performances this weekend to give us a chance of fourth or fifth spot.”

The final league standings are significant as they dictate the seeding for the play-offs, with both London Raiders and the inconsistent Bees looking a more appetising prospect for the RedHawks than Swindon, who beat Streatham 8-3 in Wiltshire recently and are their most likely opponents.

Streatham travel to Swindon tomorrow before hosting the struggling Invicta Dynamos on Sunday (face off 6.45pm) in a game where the visitors will be desperate to brighten up what has been a disappointing season so far.

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