MATCH NIGHT ROUND-UP: Christmas and New Year review

MATCH NIGHT ROUND-UP: Christmas and New Year review
Comets' Callum Hill tries to squeeze a shot in at Matt Landsburgh's near post in the Tayside derby, which was won by Comets 3-2 (Photo by Derek Black)

Comets’ Callum Hill tries to squeeze a shot in at Matt Landsburgh’s near post in the Tayside derby, which was won by Comets 3-2 (Photo by Derek Black)

THE year may have changed and the decorations and excesses a memory, but the action didn’t stop as the SNL continued over the festive period and kept us all enthralled.

Kirkcaldy Kestrels kept their place at the top of the table, while Dundee Comets fell away following two defeats.

But North Ayrshire Wild are the story of the season after forging their way into second place as their fantastic form continues.

They won 5-4 over Dundee Comets to take them above Edinburgh Capitals and seem unstoppable as the wins just keep on coming.

But it could have been very different had the Tayside men kicked on from the two goal lead they got early as Lewis McIntosh and Willie Nicolson put Comets ahead.

Ryan Parkin pulled Wild level with two goals in the first seven minutes, but Lewis Gold restored a slender advantage as the game reached the end of the second period.

Parkin clinched his hat-trick in the opening seconds of the third with Martin Cardno putting the Ayrshire side in front with two minutes to go.

McIntosh’s second thought he had nicked a point for the Comets, but Scott Wright’s finish 21 seconds to go ensured both points were returning to Ayrshire.

As for the Comets, if their New Year game was a sobering one then Christmas was certainly a Merry one as they struck with seven seconds left to go to win 3-2 over rivals Dundee Tigers.

Scott Marr opened the scoring late on in the first period, only for Robert Brown to level before the end of the session.

Tigers took the lead through Pavel Pliskov on 23 minutes and as the game headed into the final seven minutes, things suddenly took a turn for the worse for the home side.

Comets struck twice as Jamie Whitelaw fired low to regain parity, then John Gordon broke free to clinch the points as Tigers were beaten by a sucker punch.

At the other end of the table, things continue to be desperate for Kilmarnock Storm and their post Christmas visit to Solway Sharks proved to be another bad night.

Michael Brunton was the whirlwind that blitzed through them, scoring six of Sharks’ 12 goals in a 12-1 victory as the Dumfries team returned home after a long absence and in front of a big crowd.

Gordon Horne scored two with single strikes coming from Michael Corbett, Callum Henderson, Conor Smith and Scott Henderson to make up the rout.

Marcus Murdoch scored Kilmarnock’s only goal of the game as Solway’s 12-goal salvo took Kilmarnock to an unwanted total of 100 league goals conceded.

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Comets' Callum Hill tries to squeeze a shot in at Matt Landsburgh's near post in the Tayside derby, which was won by Comets 3-2 (Photo by Derek Black)

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