Lions rock bottom after heavy home defeat
Lee Valley Lions 2 Invicta Mustangs 14
Calum Heath marked his Lions comeback with a goal, but failed to prevent his side losing for an eighth consecutive league match.
Heath, making his first appearance at Lee Valley Ice Centre after re-signing this week, lined up alongside fell forward and debutant Chris Fox who has joined from Streatham Redskins.
But the pair could do little to change Lee Valley’s fortunes as Invicta raced into a five-goal lead to virtually assure the outcome before the end of the first quarter.
The one bright spot of the opening period saw Heath net, after good build-up work from Paul Myles and Adam Peach.
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The second period saw Lions mount plenty of attacks on the Invicta goal – making 16 shots – but were unable to score.
Meanwhile, the visitors steadily added to their total, which prompted Lions coach Gary Dobbs to replace starting netminder Aaron Mallet with Ruth Cattell.
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The Lions improved in the final period and Michael Crosse set up Richard Hodge for the only other Lions marker, with a further assist going to top-scorer Scott Beeson.
But it was a game to forget for the home side, who now have a four-week break until their next home match against Chelmsford at the Lee Valley Ice Centre.