After a disappointing loss to local rivals Andover the day before, Bluefins raise their game to draw a fiercely competitive match 11 – 11 against Ealing. The London League game was one of the most competitive games played at the Aquadrome this year.

Bluefins started well taking an early lead through Ben Naylor. Ealing came back strong and played the game at a faster tempo then the Bluefins. Their effort was rewarded, scoring twice to take a 1 - 2 lead. Bluefins debutant Trevor Jones levelled the scores as the period came to a close.

The intensity of the game lifted in the 2nd period, again Bluefins man of the match Naylor scored again to move the Bluefins 4 - 3 ahead. Bluefins were playing hard, on two occasions they had power plays, due to foul play by Ealing. Crucially Bluefins couldn’t convert the advantage in to goals. Ealing fought back to level the 2nd quarter 4 – 4.

The 3rd period started where the 2nd quarter left off. This time Ealing came out hard and took a 2 goal lead. Bluefins didn’t buckle; great attacking play by the whole squad was finished off by a brace from Paul Adams, both efforts coming from distance. Ealing fought back and the increased pressure forced Bluefins to lose Steve Fairhead and Ben Naylor to the sin bin. Ealing took advantage and scored twice. Bluefins weren’t to be outdone; two great shots from Trevor Jones levelled the 3rd quarter for the Bluefins.

The game was on a knife edge going in to the final quarter. Bluefins Dave Trewhella scored a great goal from the pit to give the team the lead. Ealing fought back to level the period. The pressure the game was played at meant Bluefins lost Paul Adams to the sin bin, Ealing took advantage, scoring to lead by 1 goal. Ealing were on a run and scored again to lead the period 8 – 10 with 1 ½ minutes to go. Bluefins didn’t give up and came back hard, Ben Naylor broke free and delivered a defence splitting pass to set up Trevor Jones, who duly scored. Bluefins were spurred on. Trewhella combined well with Jones, ho scored again to level the scores. Bluefins goalie Brad Mcbain pulled off a great save, the ball moved around the team and Jones popped up to score his 3rd of the period, Bluefins were leading 11 – 10. Only 30 seconds to go, tension was high and Ealing’s Considine was sent off for throwing punches at Trace Morgan, crucially as this was happening Bluefins lost their shape and Ealing levelled the game.

The Bluefins were;
Brad Mcbain, Steve Paton (capt), Ben Naylor, Paul Adams, Oliver Espinasse, Gavin Bridger, Paul Hunt, Dave Trewhella, T Morgan, S Fairhead, Aaron Croucher, Andy Wilcox, Alan Fairhead.

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