Search

Lee Valley Lions beaten by Bristol

PUBLISHED: 12:30 09 October 2016

Lee Valley's Simon Geldart

Lee Valley's Simon Geldart

Archant

Lee Valley Lions 3 Bristol Pitbulls 5

Lee Valley Lions saw their wait for a win this season extend to seven matches after losing to Bristol in the National League cup last night.

Having taken one point from a possible eight in Division Two South East, while also losing their first two cup matches so far, Lions saw the visitors arrive in east London with a 21-strong squad.

And the home side fell behind with six minutes played as Giovanni Raffaelli beat James Andrew for Bristol’s first goal of the night.

Pitbulls doubled their advantage in the 10th minute as Chris Moore netted from Zach Dolpin’s pass, but Lions roared back to draw level before the first break.

They were unable to capitalise on a powerplay chance, when Ryan McFarlane was given a tripping penalty, but assistant captain Matthew Hepburn opened Lee Valley’s account with an unassisted goal in the 17th minute and Simon Geldart squared matters after good work fro Oliver Glover and Henry Aiken less than two minutes later.

Things got even better for Lions as Chris Fox fired them in front with another unassisted effort in the 28th minute.

But a bench minor penalty for having too many men on the ice handed Bristol a powerplay chance and they made it count as Raffaelli fired home his second goal of the night to level things up once more.

Lions successfully killed off a delay of game minor against Simon Jones before the end of the middle session, but then saw Hepburn given a high-sticking minor early in the final period.

And it proved to be a turning point as Grant Richardson put Bristol 4-3 up with another powerplay goal, before McFarlane converted a pass from Richard Hargreaves to make it 5-3 with just over six minutes remaining.

A roughing minor against Bristol’s Adrian Smith gave Lions a late powerplay chance, but they could not take it as they were outshot 46-33 over the course of the 60 minutes.

Lions must now wait two weeks for their next match, when they travel to Slough Jets for a league fixture on Saturday October 22 (6.30pm).

The two sides shared six goals when they met at Lee Valley last month.

Scorers, Lions: Simon Geldart 1 Chris Fox 1 Matthew Hepburn 1 Henry Aiken 0+1.

Bristol: Giovanni Raffaelli 2 Ryan McFarlane 1+1 Chris Moore 1+1 Grant Richardson 1 Richard Hargreaves 0+2 Giacomo Raffaelli 0+2 Zach Dolphin 0+1.

Penalty minutes: Lions 6 Bristol 6.

Shots faced: James Andrew (LV) 20-15-11=46-5 Andrew Leckie (B) 15-8-10=33-3.

Latest East London Sports News

09:57

Leyton Orient interim head coach Ross Embleton dubbed their 1-1 draw with Oldham Athletic as 'one of the worst games of football' he's ever seen.

08:06

London Lions kicked off their BBL Championship title defence in front of a packed Copper Box Arena on Sunday with a comprehensive victory over the Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks.

Yesterday, 19:39

Niamh Charles's goal gave Liverpool a valuable point after coming back from a goal down against West Ham United.

Yesterday, 11:51

Sporting Bengal United and Clapton had to settle for a share of the spoils while Woodford Town suffered defeat to Hashtag United and Redbridge had their match called off.

Yesterday, 09:45

Spanish playmaker Pablo Fornals admits West Ham have yet to see the best of him.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Leyton Orient battled to a hard-earned point against Oldham at Boundary Park on Saturday.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Matt Withers is joined by Dave Evans, Jacob Ranson and Sports Editor Lee Power for another East London Football Podcast.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Leyton Orient interim head coach Ross Embleton is facing a selection headache for trip to Oldham Athletic after impressive performance in Bristol Rovers Leasing.com Trophy defeat.

PROMOTED CONTENT

It's now just under a month since All Points East took over Victoria Park with two weekends of world-class music and a programme of free community events.

Curated by AEG Presents, All Points East is bringing an impressive line-up of multi-flavoured music to Victoria Park from May 24-26 and May 31-June 2.

Victoria Park - or 'Vicky Park' as the locals know it - has been the setting for many important events over the years.​ Here, we take a look at its unique cultural history.

Most read sport

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists