Fife off the mark in league

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Fife Flyers, the Benson and Hedges Cup semi-finalists, have made a poor start in the Premier Division, but they finally managed a league win at the fourth attempt and followed it up the next day with a draw.

The victory was over Basingstoke Bison, who were leading the table. The sides were 1-1 after the first period but Flyers finally pulled away in the second after goals by Craig Wilson and Mark Morrison.

Suddenly the confidence came back and the Flyers stormed through the third period 6-2 before finishing with a 9-3 victory.

The following night they met Milton Keynes, lurking near the bottom of the table but fresh from a 8-1 win over Humberside Hawks. With Fife leading 5-2 in the second period, Milton Keynes fought back thanks to two goals from one of their new players, Jason Jennings.

Barcley Pearce levelled the score 10 minutes into the last period but Fife's Chris Palmer made it 6-5 before a period of sustained Milton Keynes' pressure was rewarded with another equaliser, from Doug McCarthy, with a minute to go.

Slough Jets, trailing 3-1 to Newcastle Warriors after the first period, also fought back with the brothers, Joe and Gary Stefan, combining for four goals in their 7-6 win.

BRITISH LEAGUE Premier Division (Saturday): Fife 9 Basingstoke 3; Milton Keynes 8 Humberside 1; Nottingham 6 Durham 2; Sheffield 6 Cardiff 3; Slough 7 Newcastle 6. (Sunday): Durham 10 Basingstoke 6, Fife 6 Milton Keynes 6; Humberside 2 Cardiff 3; Newcastle 1 Sheffield 14. First Division (Saturday): Blackburn 12 Solihull 3; Bracknell 7 Paisley 4; Dumfries 5 Guildford 2; Manchester 9 Medway 3; Murrayfield 9 Billingham 8; Swindon 7 Peterborough 9; Telford 7 Chelmsford 9. (Sunday): Billingham 4 Guildford 8; Blackburn 5 Dumfries 4; Manchester 7 Paisley 7; Medway 3 Bracknell 5; Murrayfield 2 Telford 3; Peterborough 7 Chelmsford 8; Solihull 1 Swindon 6.