Telford Tigers old-boys on target in cup defeat
Telford Tigers slipped to a 5-3 National Cup Group D defeat at Basingstoke Bison as two former players came back to haunt them.
Tigers had already qualified for the quarter-finals with two group games still to play and two late goals condemned them to defeat in what was a dead rubber on Saturday.
Coach Tom Watkins said afterwards: “The boys played hard and competed well in a game that meant nothing.
“We got a good start which is great but slowly Basingstoke came back into the game.
“We got away from our defensive zone structure on a couple of goals, which serves as a good reminder for the players and hopefully we learn from that.”
Tigers struck first in the seventh minute when Adam Jones shot through the legs of Basingstoke’s net minder Dean Skinns.
Tigers added a second goal in the 10th minute, Ricky Plant scoring after neat passing from Jason Silverthorn and Jonathan Weaver as the Shropshire side ended the period firmly on top and with a two-goal lead.
Basingstoke started the second period in much better fashion and got on the score sheet in the 26th minute through ex-Tiger Dan Scott.
Bison then hit the post and went close a couple of times but the period ended with the Tigers holding on to a narrow 2-1 lead.
Basingstoke levelled the match just two minutes into the third period through another ex-Tigers’ player Dan Davies.
And it was Davies who gave Bison their first lead of the evening when he scored his second of the night on the power play in the 52nd minute.
Tigers responded with an equaliser of their own when Scott McKenzie managed to scramble the puck home from close range to tie the game at 3-3.
Tigers would only be level for a minute as Stuart Mogg caught out the unsighted Tigers’ net minder Dennis Bell with a back handed shot into the net. For the Tigers, the game was gone in the 57th minute when Aaron Connolly scored to give Bison a 5-3 win.
The final group game is against Bracknell Bees and will take place this Thursday, January 11 with a 7.45pm face-off.