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Dec 3, 2018

Cats claw Hawks

Report: Streatham slumped to a 6-2 loss in a frustrating home fixture against Swindon Wildcats.

The South Londoners began the game brightly with a number of chances only to find Wildcats goalie Renny Marr in fine form. Despite the early pressure the visitors held firm and took the lead as Chris Jones found Max Birbraer in front of net, who wrong footed his marker and then deked Damien King.

It was 2-0 three minutes later as Birbraer raced clear down the right wing after Streatham over committed in attack, and the Swindon man picked his spot with a close range slapshot leaving King no chance.

Streatham rallied and should have pulled a goal back as Marr spilled a shot and couldn’t gather in his crease, but just as Ryan Webb swept the puck home, referee Evans blew up assuming Marr had the puck covered. It was harsh on the Hawks and they thought they'd scored again only to see Michael Farn's floated dump misjudged by Marr and to his relief land on the side netting.

As is typical in sport, it was Swindon who extended the lead to 3-0 as the Hawks switched off on a powerplay and allowed another 2 on 1 with Jones again providing for Birbraer for his hat trick. The RedHawks pulled a goal back with seconds remaining of the period as a lung bursting skate by Farn was rewarded as he finally squeezed the puck past Marr.

Streatham needed an early goal at the start of the second period, but instead found themselves with a two man disadvantage thanks to a late hit call on Jacob Ranson and an unsportsmanlike call on Ben Russell. The Cats took full advantage making it 4-1 through Adam Harding on the powerplay and then 5-1 shortly after thanks to a goal tipped past King by Taylor.

Swindon resumed full control of the game with Streatham looking less composed than usual and it was no surprise when Jones tipped a puck through Kings legs all alone in front of net.

At 6-1 down Streatham needed to restore some pride in the final third and they came out with purpose in the third period. Ryan Webb pulled a goal back with 18 minutes to play, but despite heavy pressure on the Cats goal, they just couldnt get another, typified by another dissallowed goal by Andreas Siagris with the Cats taking a too many men penalty while he was on a breakaway.

It summed up a frustrating evening in South London with the only highlight being a 3rd period appearance of youngster Brett Shepherd between the pipes, who made a number of saves and didnt concede.

Man of the match - Jacob Ranson