Ice-hockey: Streatham played with a ‘chip’ on shoulder as they stunned Swindon Wildcats

BY DAVID CARR

Long-serving Streatham defenceman James Warman admits they played with a chip on their shoulder last weekend as they denied a sell-out crowd in Swindon the chance to watch their team lift the league title.

The sixth placed RedHawks stunned the 1,300-plus crowd by ending the Wildcats 15-game winning streak by triumphing 4-3.

Warman bagged his second goal in as many weekends to break his duck for the season with only one weekend of league action remaining. An early goal from Adam Carr set the Londoners on their way and further markers from Adam Wood and Alex Roberts secured a result that left the title race undecided for a little longer.

Warman believes that it was a result that had been coming, especially after the team had beaten Bracknell Bees on the road seven days earlier.

“We have been playing better for a few weeks now but have not been getting the points our efforts deserved,” he explained.

James Warman

“Once we got the Bracknell win that gave us the confidence to go into the weekend with belief. Knowing that Swindon could win the league on Saturday as well meant we played with a chip on our shoulder, to prove that the game wasn’t just a formality.”

Streatham followed up the win in Swindon with a 5-2 road win at Milton Keynes Thunder on Sunday to secure a confidence-boosting four-point weekend.

A brace each from Tom Soar and Alex Roberts, plus a lone effort from  Adam Wood took the points in MK. Warman was awarded man of the match.

Warman is a ‘stay at home’ defenceman, so scoring goals is not normally something he is associated with. In his five seasons with the club he averages around two goals a season and admits that he was getting nervous that 2018-19 was set to end in a zero.

“I was starting to get worried I might finish the season on a duck,” he admitted. “Now I’m in the form of my career I will take a few more shots this weekend to try and keep the streak going.

“Getting the first one was certainly a confidence boost that played a part in adding to my tally last weekend.”

This weekend the RedHawks look to make it four wins in a row as they host Invicta Dynamos tomorrow in their final home game of the regular season.

Streatham have no fresh injury worries and will welcome back Andreas Siagris to the line-up after he represented GB universities at the 2019 Universiade games in Siberia last week.

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