Deeside Dragons player-coach Steve Fellows bemoaned his side’s ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ character following their 4-3 defeat at Hull Jets.
The Dragons allowed their hosts to race into a 3-0 lead on Saturday but three goals in as many minutes levelled the game, only for the Jets to edge their way to victory.
Despite being pleased with the way his side hauled themselves back into the match, Fellows was disappointed with their sluggish start to the contest in allowing the home side a three-goal advantage.
“We are a Jekyll and Hyde team at the moment and history keeps on repeating itself,” said Fellows.
“We just didn’t turn up early on in the game and found ourselves 3-0 down but we came back out on the ice in the second period with much better intensity.
“When we pulled it back we fancied our chances but they nicked a goal and then there were many chances in the third period as they stifled everything we were doing going forward.”
Gavin Austin, Simon Furnival and Michael Jones all found the target for the Dragons in an explosive attacking spell, cancelling out a Ben Sayer double and one from Kieran Beach. But Declan Pearson netted what proved to be the winner to consign the Dragons to their 13th reverse of what has been a tough season for the Deesid club.
“It’s been a similar story throughout the season where it takes us to go a couple of goals down before we decide to play,” added Fellows, whose side are on home ice this Sunday for a Laidler Conference clash with Telford Tigers.
“It shouldn’t take that to happen before we start to play and we shouldn’t have been in that position against Hull.”
Fellows says that the deal for Slovakian Tomas Mitrik is almost complete and hopes to have the attacker available for this weekend’s clash.
“Hopefully we can get things sorted in time,” said Fellows.
“All the paperwork has been sorted and the money is in place so we will hopefully be able to get him in this week as he will provide us with a boost and be another body we can call upon as we have been really depleted at times this season.
“Hopefully we can get it sorted and he can play a part for us.”