Three games in four days proved too much for the Invicta Dynamos who suffered an emphatic 11-0 NIHL Southern Cup loss at the hands of the Chelmsford Chieftains in Essex on Sunday.
The Mos travelled to the Riverside minus Grant Baxter and Adam McNicoll and they were chasing the game as early as 03.45 – defenceman John Connolly finding Ross Brears who did the rest to put the hosts 1-0 up. The gloves were then off as early as 04.34 – having seen his brother fight Jack Lee in the week, Cameron Bartlett came to blows with Arran Strawson but came off the worst with the sizeable Strawson landing more blows and scoring the take down. However Chelmsford’s great start in front of net had already set the trend for the remainder of the frame and they quickly distanced themselves from their visitors with three more goals in by the close of the period. At 05.55 Alex Staples teed up Grant Bartlett for 2-0 before Matt Turner and Bartlett then played roles as Sean Barry claimed the third at 08.32. The fourth was more of a wait but Ross Brears claimed an assist when former Dynamo Juraj Huska tallied against his old side for a commanding edge at 13.57.
After a brief spell of resilience come the close of the first period the Mos were undone again at 25.40 – failing to take advantage of a hooking call on Anthony Leone and conceding a shorthanded fifth when Matt Turner converted from Cameron Bartlett and John Connolly. The sixth followed at 31.19 – this time youngster Jack Sylvester getting on the score sheet after more good work from Turner and Bartlett in the build-up. By 37.31 a seventh inevitably came and it was Daniel Hammond who fired beyond Mark McGill this time to provide Chelmsford with an insurmountable 7-0 edge with just 40 minutes gone.
In the final frame the one way traffic continued as the Dynamos fixture pile up of three games in just four days saw them unable to keep up with the league’s current champions. Less than three minutes in, at 42.50, the Chieftains added an eighth – Anthony Leone tallying against the team he captained last season with Grant Bartlett notching the assist. Just 28 seconds later and it was 9-0 – the duo of Bartlett and Leone again posing problems but this time Oliver Baldock the man to fire over the line to put the hosts within one of double figures. They would achieve that landmark just moments later – the clock stopping at 44.12 when Ross Brears and Daniel Hammond carved open the Invicta back line for Julian Smith to fire home beyond replacement goalie Steve Nightingale and make it 10-0. Nightingale was thrust into the deep end having replaced Mark McGill but the back-up did well to concede just two of 14 attempts on his net as the game drew to a close. He first watched on as the second fight of the night broke out – Grant Bartlett not content with just one scrap when facing the Dynamos in a week and so tussling with Harrison Lillis late on in an almost never ending bout. Lillis started the stronger and landed more punches early on but his opponent secured the take down after an exhausting duel in which both players had made their mark. When the action restarted Nightingale conceded that second strike and the last of the night – Jake Sylvester on target for a second time at 57.40 after build-up play from Matt France and Juraj Huska to seal a comfortable 11-0 victory.
So it was a desperate result for the Dynamos and one that highlighted the distance remaining for the new young side to cover before they can compete for the NIHL South’s top prizes. Nevertheless fatigue unquestionably played its part and Head Coach Kevin Parrish will be hoping for a less one sided result when the team’s next meet in mid-October. Conor Redmond was man of the match for the Dynamos.