Stopfordians 7-12 Leeds

Leeds scored one of the fastest opening goals ever, putting the ball in the back of the net within ten seconds of the first face-off.

But Stops hit back quickly with well taken goals that took them into a  4-2 lead, a lead that was short-lived as Leeds scored the next three goals in this high scoring opening period to go into quarter-time with a 5-4 advantage.

From then on Leeds pulled steadily in front with scores of 7-5 at half-time and 10-6 at three-quarter time.

Stops fought hard throughout the game, but after a bright start in the first twenty minutes the attack looked short of ideas to break down a solid Leeds defence.

Loose marking gave the opposition too many chances on goal, but a series of good saves from Alex Ehegartner in goal ensured an acceptable scoreline at the end of the game.

It was encouraging to see that Stops won a good share of the ground balls, but it must be conceded that this was a disappointing result against a newly promoted team; the opposition could be much stronger next week as Stops play host to Sheffield Steelers.

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