Billingham Stars are four-midable against Whitley Warriors

BILLINGHAM Stars opened their campaign in the East/West Northern Trophy with a valuable 4-2 victory at local rivals Whitley Warriors.

With a revamped Cup format in place for season 2012-2013, Billingham Stars took to the ice on Sunday looking to make a positive start to a competition that offers the prospect of a Trophy final later in the season.

The Stars had already got early bragging rights over the Warriors with a preseason victory at Hillheads just two weeks ago and went into the game full of confidence following a 6-0 shutout of Sheffield Spartans in their opening league fixture.

Billingham went into the game uncharacteristically short on their usual four lines.

With injuries and commitments reducing the squad, coach Simon Leach was left with little option but to mix up his lines and accommodate the players he had at his disposal.

But it did not stop the Stars clinching another win over their arch-rivals.

“Circumstances beyond our control and injuries made things more difficult for us,” Leach said.

“It meant a number of the lads had to double-shift

“I am proud of the way the lads controlled the game.

“We created some good chances but we did not convert them into goals, the creativity was there but not the end result.”

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