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Oct 30, 2017

High five for Streatham

Streatham pulled off one of their most impressive results in recent times as they beat Swindon Wildcats 5-1 in an excellent display in South London. Goalie Matt Colclough returned between the pipes in place of youngster Nate Gregory and Ben Paynter returned from illness to an otherwise full strength RedHawks line-up.

The hosts flew out of the blocks and put Swindon under pressure with Wildcats goalie Remy Marr making some early saves. It was the visitors who went closest to breaking the deadlock first however as Jordan Kelsall’s quick shot pinged off the outside of the post and wide.

The RedHawks took the lead with 7 minutes on the clock as Aidan Doughty batted a Michael Farn shot down through Marr’s pads from mid air, but the Wildcats hit back immediately as Chris Jones levelled from close range.

Streatham continued to push forward and avoided the penalty trouble that had dogged them in recent weeks. With three minutes to go in the period Doughty picked up a Siagris pass and stepped over the blue line before using the Wildcats defenseman as a screen and picking his spot past Marr from the top of the circle.

Just over a minute later it was 3-1 Streatham as Ryan Webb wheeled over the blue line then pinged his shot in off the bar to stun the Wildcats. The buzzer sounded with Jamie Hayes and Sam Zajac shoving each other in the corner of the rink, before dropping the gloves and going toe to toe.

The Streatham fans roared off their team at the interval in full knowledge that they had led 3-1 in each of their last two games and come away with losses.

The second period saw Matt Smital replace Marr between the pipes for Swindon and Streatham continued to match their opponents before making it 4-1 on the 33 minute mark. Doughty again with the crucial tip after Brendan Baird had fired one in from the point. The main other piece of action in the period saw Streatham defend a 5 on 3 and then a 5 on 4 with Siagris playing without a stick at the top of the box with bizarrely excellent results. The ovation the Streatham PK received from the crowd being fully deserved.

Streatham knew they would have to keep things calm in the third and Swindon piled forward forcing Colclough in to a number of stunning saves, including a breakaway and then a point blank effort from Max Birbraer.

The pressure from the Wildcats did not let up, with their Player Coach Aaron Nell barely off the ice for a ten minute spell. The visitors hit the cross bar twice but Streatham’s defence held firm, and with three minutes to go the Wildcats rolled the dice by pulling Smital for an extra skater only to be punished by Hayes who picked up the puck and skated down the ice before firing into the empty net for 5-1.

The final buzzer sounded to celebrations on and off the ice for Streatham with hat trick hero Doughty deservedly picking up the man of the match award in a landmark result for the South London side.

Scorers: Doughty 3+0, Hayes 1+1, Webb 1+0, Farn 0+3, Siagris 0+1. Baird 0+1