Devils told to turn performances into points

Devils enforcer Adam Rich will be hoping to stop Romford Raiders tonight. Picture: Paul Shergold
Devils enforcer Adam Rich will be hoping to stop Romford Raiders tonight. Picture: Paul Shergold
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Paul Fitzpatrick saluted another valiant performance from the Devils but admitted: It’s time we started winning.

The Solent & Gosport side went down 3-2 at Chelmsford Chieftains in National League south division one last weekend.

It was the third time in the past five games they had been beaten by a single goal.

And while the Devils’ displays have won plaudits, the cold, hard facts are they have lost their first nine fixtures at this level – and lie five points adrift at the foot of the table.

Team boss Fitzpatrick is now looking for last year’s runaway south division two champions to turn performances into points – starting with the visit of Romford Raiders to Forest Way, Gosport this evening (4.45pm).

‘It’s a great accolade for the Devils to gain so much respect from the teams we have played to date,’ said Fitzpatrick. ‘And from the rest of the ice hockey world at how well we are doing.

‘It’s also a fantastic achievement to have competed so strongly.

‘But it’s now time to turn these good performances into wins, no matter what.’

Netminder Chico Cole was named man of the match against Chelmsford Chieftains.

After the Devils slipped 2-0 down, Kevin Tanner got them on the scoreboard.

Cole continued to perform heroics between the posts only for a contentious goal to put the hosts 3-1 up.

And despite Mitch Murray reducing the deficit late on, the Chieftains clung on to the victory.