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Lee Valley Lions tamed by leaders

PUBLISHED: 10:59 12 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:59 12 February 2017

Lee Valley Lions goalie James Andrew looks on during play (pic Phil Hutchinson)

Lee Valley Lions goalie James Andrew looks on during play (pic Phil Hutchinson)

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Lee Valley Lions 2 Peterborough Islanders 8

Lee Valley Lions ended up well beaten by Division Two East leaders Peterborough after a poor first period in east London last night.

Lions welcomed the Islanders having fallen to a 5-3 defeat at Invicta a week earlier and were soon up against it after conceding three goals in the space of 66 seconds.

The vastly experienced Shaun Yardley opened the scoring in the sixth minute, with Connor Stokes doubling Peterborough’s lead just half a minute later.

And James Pentecost made it 3-0 with less than seven minutes on the clock to leave Lions with a mountain to climb.

Stokes scored his second goal of the night in the 12th minute, before James Turner gave the Lee Valley fans something to cheer with a goal assisted by Jordan Turner.

Nathan Pollard quickly restored the four-goal cushion, though, and Deivid Cetvertak made it 6-1 on a powerplay, after Lee Valley’s Ronnie O’Connor had been handed a minor penalty for tripping.

Outshot 21-8 in the opening period, it was a case of damage limitation for Lions after that, but they conceded a seventh goal just 31 seconds into the middle period as Clint Herring fired the puck past James Andrew.

Herring netted again six minutes later to make it 8-1, but Peterborough would not add to their tally in the remaining 33 minutes of the match as they fell foul of referee Andrejs Korsaks and collected a string of penalties.

Turner tussled with visiting captain Robert McDonald before the end of the second period, while Simon Geldart clashed with Connor Hunter twice in the final session, as well as Leon Groom.

Geldart was looking on from the penalty box when Nick Alley netted Lee Valley’s second goal of the night on a powerplay, with just under 10 minutes remaining, but the home side could not make any further inroads.

Lions are set to host Slough Jets in their next fixture on Sunday February 19 (5.30pm).

Scorers, Lions: James Hepburn 1 Nick Alley 1 Chris Fox 0+1 Matt Hepburn 0+1 Jordan Turner 0+1.

Islanders: Connor Stokes 2+1 Clint Herring 2 Shaun Yardley 1+2 Nathan Pollard 1+1 Deivid Cetvertak 1+1 James Pentecost 1 Conor Pollard 0+2 Connor Hunter 0+2 Jack Sansby 0+1 Kenny Bavin 0+1 Jonathan Brammall 0+1.

Penalty minutes: Lions 18 Islanders 48.

Shots faced: James Andrew (LV) 21-13-12=46-8 Dan Lane (P) 8-11-16=35-2.

Referee: Andrejs Korsaks.

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