Barons back on the ice ahead of Sheffield challenge

The Direct Taxis Solihull Barons return to the Hobs Moat ice on Sunday evening for the first time since the Christmas break to take on the challenge of the Sheffield Scimitars in what should be a closely fought Moralee division battle. The sides have met three times this season – two cup games, each going in favour of the away team, while the Barons edged it in the only league match-up thus far, an 8:5 win up in Sheffield on November.

Marcus Maynard cuts in on the Sheffield net (S Crampton)

The Moralee has shown itself to be highly competitive this season with a mere four points splitting the Scimitars in third and the Hawks in seventh. Ties such as Sunday’s have therefore effectively become four-pointers and rapid moves up and down the league are very possible on the outcome of one or two games. Continue reading “Barons back on the ice ahead of Sheffield challenge”

Wild game postponed

The Direct Taxis Solihull Barons regret to announce that our game against the Widnes Wild scheduled for Sunday 2nd January will have to be postponed due to an outbreak of Covid within the Widnes side.

Both teams have agreed to the postponement, which has also been ratified by the EIHA.

While this is unfortunate, as ever in these times, the safety of players, officials and supporters is obviously paramount.

A re-arranged date will be announced shortly and we look forward to welcoming the Wild back to Hobs Moat as and when, even if this will be a little later than originally planned.

Wild back to challenge Barons

After a couple of weekend’s away from home ice, the Direct Taxis Solihull Barons return to Hobs Moat for a rare Saturday home fixture against a mercurial Widnes Wild. The Wild have had a good run of form and with their tails up will be keen to take the game to Solihull in what should be an exciting game which could go either way.

The Wild have almost certainly been the surprise package of the season and despite their relative inexperience in N1, they have shown that, on any given night, they are no respecter of reputation and will quite happily mount a real challenge to any side in the league. Indeed only the Whitley Warriors currently hold a 100% record against them in all competitions thus far. Key to their performance has been a strong team ethic underpinned by some excellent individual efforts including prolific scoring by import Vlads Vulkanovs, while the ever dependable Harrison Walker has been a consistent and reliable presence between the pipes.

Phil Mulcahy tries for the reach around (S Crampton)

With the Wild having had the upper hand last time they visited Hobs Moat, Barons coach Callum Bowley was keen to ensure Solihull focusses on doing the basics well to bring home the win :

‘This weekend we have our sights set on putting in two strong performances and bouncing back after a disappointing road game against Blackburn.

‘As a team, we know what we’ve got to do and our focus is purely on playing our game, at our tempo and doing the little things right – when we do that we know we are a difficult team to beat. The guys are ready to go and we’ll be doing all we can to make sure we end the year on a high and take that momentum into the new year.

Sam defends against the Wild (S Crampton)

The tie faces off on SATURDAY 18th, 5:30pm at Planet Ice Solihull. The rink has updated its Covid protocols with masks being mandatory for those attending and not exempt. There is however no vaccine or test proof required for access.

In addition to the Wild fixture the Barons also have a second game this weekend with a trip to Nottingham on Sunday.

As a reminder, this tie is also supporting local families eligible for HAF support.  This provides free tickets and refreshments for qualifying children. Please see here for more info and please pass on to anyone who could benefit.