Grubb breathes sigh of relief as Solway Sharks find a way to win

Martin Grubb was a relieved man after seeing his Solway Sharks team pushed all the way by Murrayfield Racers in the NIHL North Cup last weekend.

Solway opened up up a four-goal lead midway through the game, but the Racers battled back to level things up with just over four minutes to play.

In a repeat of their meeting at Murrayfield Ice Rink earlier this month, the Sharks secured victory with just six seconds on the clock courtesy of Iain Bowie’s strike. Grubb admitted it had been a night of mixed emotions.

“I thought we started the game really well and we looked comfortable against a dangerous Racers team, but we then made the fatal mistake of thinking we had done enough,” he said.

“We started to get outworked after they scored and were way too slack in our own zone. We were short-handed for most of the third period and lost control of our emotions.

“We weren’t able to roll through our lines which allowed the Racers to capitalise on our poor play. We did talk about remaining patient and the boys showed the character and resilience we have by finding a way to win.

“That was an important win against a good team who can feel they should have taken something from the game, but we keep finding a way to win which is all that matters.”

(Image permission: Helen Hobbins Photography)