The MK Falcons ladies’ ice hockey team suffered with a short bench in their away game at Slough Phantoms, and it cost them as they lost 8-2.
And with barely any time for an on-ice warm-up when they arrived at the rink, the Falcons looked off balance from the second the puck was dropped.
The visitors were made to pay for that sluggish start as Slough raced into a 4-0 lead in the first period.
Benefiting from a deeper bench and decent warm-up before the game, Phantoms were starting to prove their worth as one of the top four sides in the English Women’s Premier League.
But the Falcons weren’t going down without a fight and the game started to get physical, with the away side finding themselves another player down when they lost Lindsey Marsala to injury in the second period.
The Falcons had failed to score in four earlier games this season, but determined to find the back of the net in this game, they pushed on to create goal-scoring chances, and they were rewarded in the second period with a goal from Ashley Payette.
Payette scored one more goal for the Falcons just two minutes from time, assisted by Natalie Bullen, but Slough had already made the game safe to win 8-2.
The defeat at Slough sees the Falcons in seventh place in the nine-team league.
Next up for the Falcons is an away trip to bottom side Streatham Storm on Sunday before the same side travel to Milton Keynes for the city side’s last home game of the season the following week.
Meanwhile, the Falcons have been continuing their fund raising efforts in order to keep playing with a silent auction thanks to donations from Fossil Watches. So far they have raised more than £1,000 to help the club run over the summer and next season.
And those funds will be even the more important in the coming months as the Falcons will be forced to play their home games outside of Milton Keynes because of the refurbishment of Planet Ice.