Battle still on for Devils

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THE SEASON may be finished but the battle is continuing for Solent & Gosport Devils.

A superb 6-2 win over Milton Keynes Thunder saw them end a tough season on a high.

Goals from Mitchell Murray, William Francis, George Francis, Kris Abbott and a brace from Kent Johnson crowned a fine show.

But the home success wasn’t enough to keep them in National south one.

They are, however, hoping to win an appeal to keep their status and avoid the drop to south two.

The team have put forward their plea to the English Ice Hockey Association on the grounds there are too many teams in the league below.

Devils boss Paul Fitzpatrick said: ‘We are talking with the league to try and remain in the higher league – as there are too many teams in the lower league.

‘It would be a great opportunity to have another go at the highest regional division.

‘We need the support from the other teams in the league to stand a chance of winning our appeal.’

The Devils will have their bid ruled on in July.

They certainly showed signs that they were just beginning to adapt to their south one surroundings in the final match.

It was a third win of the season for the team, with Thunder finishing one place above them in the standings.

Devils boss Paul Fitzpatrick said: ‘The final fixture was a good all-round performance from the team which allowed us to finish on a high.

‘The competition this season was extremely tough, however the Devils came close to winning other fixtures on a number of occasions.’

Johnson, Andrew Goddard and Jamie Fitzpatrick are all departing the club.

Fitzpatrick made 136 appearances but is joining the Navy. Goddard partnered him in defence for six seasons, while Johnson has served as a powerful forward.

Devils are seeking sponsorship as they look to provide a playing budget for next season.

– HANNAH BUTT