On Saturday October 1st, the Islanders travelled down to Oxford for a cup tie vs. Bristol Pitbulls.
This was the Pitbulls first cup game of their campaign as they looked to start positively.
Wearing green in honour of the Avon Arrows the Pitbulls started slowly, allowing the Islanders several early chances on Dibble. This high pressure paid off as Dale Jowett worked hard behind the net, to finally find Clint Herring in the slot for a low and hard one timer.
The momentum began to settle with end to end play and both Dan Lane and John Dibble making saves to keep the score low.
The Islanders finally broke through with a second courtesy of a back door goal from Connor Stokes, set up nicely with a smooth toe drag and pass from Shaun Yardley and Conor Pollard. This line was later to contribute to 3 more goals, in an outstanding performance. End of first: Islanders 2 Pitbulls 0.
In the second period it was the Pitbulls who struck first with a goal from Jamie Newton. The Islanders rallied and Shaun Yardley notched his first tally of the night assisted by both Conor Pollard and Connor Stokes. End of Second: Islanders 3 Pitbulls 1.
The third period was the business period, with both teams scoring 3 a piece. The Islanders initiated the scoring with the on form line of Yardley, Stokes and Pollard helping Yardley to get another goal on the board. 12 seconds later the Pitbulls answered back, this time Richard Hargreaves netting for his team to make the score 4-2.
The Isles then upped the ante, finding the back of Dibbles net twice in quick succession, with Connor Hunter (from Bavin and Yardley) getting his name on the score sheet, followed closely by Yardley (from Stokes and Pollard) who completed his hat-trick and the Islanders scoring.
The Pitbulls managed to score two final goals within the last five minutes as the Islanders got too complacent, both scored by Adrian Smith.
End of game: Islanders 6 Pitbulls 4
The Isles look forward to a weekend off, followed by a 4 week away stint.
C. Pollard 0+4,
Herring and Hunter 1+0,
Jowett, Bavin and Groom 0+1.