PHAMTOMS TAME TIGERS

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Sport - By JAMES WEST­GATE james.west­gate@jpress.co.uk

PHAN­TOMS ........................ 4 SLOUGH JETS .................... 3 English Premier League

can re­ally give our­selves a plat­form to build on for the new year.”

Bol­stered by the re­turn of Luke Fer­rara from in­ter­na­tional duty and the re­turn of Rob­bie Brown, Phan­toms also drafted in Peter­bor­ough Is­lan­ders hot-shot Ross Hors­ley for last night’s game.

And with their ranks fur­ther boosted by Conor Pol­lard from the Isle of Wight, even with top scorer Maris Ziedins miss­ing, Phan­toms were able to match up against the Jets from the mo­ment the puck dropped.

From the start Jets’s net­min­der Greg Rock­man was a busy man, turn­ing away ef­forts from Luke Fer­rara and Lauko be­fore Phan­toms took a de­served lead in the fourth minute.

Allen’s pass down the right flank was picked up by James Fer­rara who con­tin­ued into the cor­ner be­fore pulling the puck back for Gra­ham to smash into the bot­tom cor­ner.

It was the per­fect start and Gra­ham, Greg Ran­dall and James Fer­rara all went close be­fore Lauko nabbed his first goal at the Peter­bor­ough Arena to dou­ble the home side’s lead.

At the other end Damien King was cop­ing well but he was fi­nally beaten early in the sec­ond pe­riod when Sam God­frey smug­gled his shot through.

The goal did noth­ing to halt Phan­toms for­ward mo­men­tum, how­ever, and just over a minute later Wel­don hit home to re­store the three-goal cush­ion.

In the dy­ing sec­onds of the sec­ond pe­riod, Rock­man man­aged to foil Luke Fer­rara who had a late one-onone chance to make it 4-1, but Phan­toms still went into the fi­nal act well on top.

And when Slough were hit with a penalty in the 43rd minute, Glowa made them pay on the pow­er­play with a typ­i­cally crisp fin­ish from Allen’s di­ag­o­nal pass.

Had the game ended then, the Jets could have had no com­plaints af­ter be­ing com­pletely out­played in all de­part­ments. But with 10 min­utes to play former Phan­tom Tom Car­lon gave them a glim­mer of hope with a scruffy goal af­ter King col­lided with a post.

Rather than sit back, how­ever, Phan­toms just kept on press­ing with Glowa and man-of-the-match Richard Ben­tham both hit­ting the post as the clock ticked down.

At the other end King pro­duced a fab­u­lous save from Doug Shep­pard to main­tain the 4-2 lead and while Shep­pard did man­age to score with a late six on five, by then it was too lit­tle too late.

PHAN­TOMS

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