Flyers scare off the Grizzlies

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ROLLER hockey returned to the Saltire Leisure Centre on Saturday when the Flyers entertained the Glenrothes Grizzlies.

This was the Flyers’ first home game after suffering defeat to near neighbours Dundee Tigers and the encounter didn’t start the way they had hoped with Tait firing a slap shot into the top corner to give the Grizzlies the lead.

However, the home side fought back when Robbie Adam picked out a perfect pass to Craig Gunn who wasted no time in giving it to Robbie Winter.

He then rifled the puck past the despairing Grizzlies’ netminder to level the score with three and a half minutes gone.

Less than a minute later Allan Hamilton slid the puck to Stuart Sinclair who fired it into the back of the net to give the Flyers a slender lead.

However, despite dominating the game the home team could not hold on to their advantage as Tait levelled the score with a power play goal from Cunningham’s assist.

This fired the Flyers into action and despite being short-handed they went in front again when Robbie Adam combined with Robbie Winter to claim the home side’s third and his first of the night.

As the period reached the halfway point the home team was stung once more when the Grizzlies equalised yet again when Cunningham was given too much space at the back post and had the easiest of chances to score.

But the local side regained control of the game when Winter wasted no time in firing an unstoppable shot high in the rigging before A. Hamilton added a further goal when he jinked his way through the Grizzlies and picked out the top corner.

The second stanza saw the Flyers continuing to dominate the game and Gunn scored after excellent build up play involving A. Hamilton and Winter for Forfar’s third.

Soon after, Jamie McBean gave the netminder no chance when he fired the puck from deep in the defensive zone into the back of the net giving the Flyers a four-goal lead.

However, it began to look nervy as the Grizzlies conceded two goals in less than a minute and the Glenrothes side tried to get back in it.

But as the game entered the final minute, Adam and Winter gave the Flyers some breathing space and straight from the face-off the same combination put the result beyond doubt to give Robbie Adam his hat trick for the night.

With two points gained from a hard game which lifts the Flyers to fifth place in the league and with a visit to Fife on Sunday to face CSM all is to play for.

Anyone wanting to know more about the sport of inline hockey or would like to come along to watch or try the sport contact Allan Gall on 07962725599 for more information, all ages welcome.