Devils crush Jets to maintain unbeaten record

Kris Abbott
Kris Abbott
Richard Facey scores for Solent Devils against Haringey Huskies. Picture: Neil Marshall (171743-729)

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Solent & Gosport Devils remain on course to go the entire league season unbeaten after their 15-2 thrashing of Slough Jets.

Having already wrapped up the English National League south two title, the Devils visited the bottom side on Sunday.

And with Kent Johnson and Kris Abbott netting hat-tricks, the result was never in doubt.

It means the champions have just two more games to negotiate this campaign as they aim to stay undefeated.

Devils manager Paul Fitzpatrick said: ‘It was a dominant performance, although we made a slow start and took five minutes to go ahead.

‘They then equalised which wasn’t really in the script.

‘Although we managed to end the first period 4-1 in front.’

The Devils netted six more unanswered goals in the second period to lead 10-1.

And that advantage was extended to 15-1 before the Jets scored a consolation with just two seconds remaining.

‘It was a formality we had to go through and could have been an even bigger win, as we had four players missing,’ added Fitzpatrick.

‘It’s hard to go to the bottom side having achieved what we have and stay motivated.

‘But we were professional and got the job done.

‘There were points across the board, with everyone scoring or getting assists – it was a really good team effort.’

Fitzpatrick believes his side’s penultimate game of the season – at home to third-placed Basingstoke Buffalo on March 25 – will represent a much stiffer challenge.

He said: ‘That will be a different matter entirely. They are a hard-hitting and extremely competitive team.

‘We drew 3-3 with them earlier in the season and we have a couple of ex-Basingstoke lads, so that will add a bit of spice.’

The Devils complete the season with another clash against the Jets, at home.

‘Chelmsford four seasons ago are the only team to go the whole season unbeaten, so it would be a fantastic achievement,’ added Fitzpatrick.

‘It’s great for the club’s profile and will hopefully help us attract sponsors and some financial backing, which is desperately needed for us to compete at the higher level.’