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Ice hockey: Flintshire Freeze head coach unhappy at Fylde’s tiny rink

FLINTSHIRE Freeze head coach Karl Creamer was left fuming after his side’s 13-8 defeat away at Fylde on Sunday.

Creamer blasted the facilities at Fylde and declared the size of the rink was not suitable for senior hockey, amounting to an unfair advantage for the home team.

Creamer said: “It’s a joke. I don’t want to be disrespectful to Fylde, but to play senior hockey on such a little rink is madness.

“We beat them two weeks before, so it can be done, but it’s a massive home advantage for them.

“This is senior hockey being played on an ice rink that has been designed for kids.”

The game ebbed and flowed in the early stages but as time went on Fylde were able to gain a foothold and build a lead in the final period that the Freezer never clawed back.

A hat-trick from James Parsons, a double from Marc Lovell and goals from Steve Fellows, Andy Chappell and Aled Roberts made up the Freeze’s hand but t was not enough.

“Admittedly we didn’t play well,” said Creamer. “We did not shoot the puck enough.

“But in this day and age when we have so many rules and regulations with everybody having to be so organised to be in the league – but Fylde can play on a diddy little ice rink it makes a mockery of the game being played.

“This might sound like sour grapes because we lost, but it’s the first time I have been to a game when I have thought ‘I am glad I’m not playing out there’.

“We had practised and prepared by training across the width of Deeside, but in the end they still had a massive home advantage.”

Creamer was also upset with the official’s performance during the game.

The Freeze head coach said: “The refereeing of the game was abysmal. It is unacceptable at any organised league level.”

Freeze have one game left this season, against Solway on April 14th, with the Flintshire outfit poised for a third-place finish.

Creamer said: “Hanging on to third place comes down to our performance against Solway and how Hull perform. But third isn’t first place. And for us, being third is no consolation.

“But we have had a good season, we have good team morale and team spirit. We are not despondant with the season that we have had. It’s been a pleasure to coach this team this year.”