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#1 Mon 30th Aug 10 10:42

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Plate Final - First Leg - Madness take it 5-2

With a bumper crowd in attendance for the last home game of the season the Medway Madness took on the Cardiff Eagles in the Plate Final, First Leg as part of the growing Southern Rec Conference.

The whole team would like to express their appreciation for those that attended as it did make for a great atmosphere in the improving Silver Blades Gillingham Ice Bowl.

The game got off to a quick start with a goal from enthuastic rookie Farquhar McAllan at 7:59 unassisted. The lead was doubled by coach Howard at 15:46 with assists from Martin Rider, departing to the Mustangs, and 100 point hero Neil Ratcliffe. The party really started on the third goal just before the period break with a marker from Nick Long, recently celebrating his 100th game played, with assists from Rats and Howie. The dream start was intrupted at 14:14 with a goal from Cardiff's Andrew Lloyd. This saw the period close out 3-1.

The second period was an end to end affair that was only to see one score from the home team, scored by Neil Ratcliffe at 24:26 with an assist from Martin Rider.

With the Madness knowing that a good lead was necessary to take back to Cardiff for the second leg the period plans went wrong with a second goal from Andrew Lloyd bringing the score back to 4-2. There was one final twist with a second goal from Nigel Howard at 57:84 with the assist from Martin Rider, his third on the night.

All in a good win but the Madness will have their work cut out in the second leg in Cardiff as the Eagles will be very keen to win on home ice.

Its all about TEAMWORK - Play as a team, lose as a team, win as a team.


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