Cannam held, but Hounds still win
Haringey Greyhounds achieved a rarity on Sunday – winning without a goal from Canadian import Scott Cannam. Instead his team-mates Gary Dodds (pictured), Rob Johnston, Callum Mathison and Nick Burton found the back of the net to earn a
Haringey Greyhounds achieved a rarity on Sunday - winning without a goal from Canadian import Scott Cannam, writes Jonny Weeks.
Instead his team-mates Gary Dodds (pictured), Rob Johnston, Callum Mathison and Nick Burton found the back of the net to earn a crucial English League victory over Milton Keynes Thunder.
As is customary, the Greyhounds conceded the opening strike before Dodds knocked home from Ricky Rutherford's assist. Johnston then netted from Cannam's pass and 17-year-old Mathison scored from Burton's pass to make it 3-1.
Milton Keynes responded with a goal, only for Burton to round off the scoring.
"It was one of the most solid games we've had. There were no dodgy little breakdowns for a change," said Hounds' Jan Bestic. "Scott was man-marked throughout the game. At times he had two men on him.
"We were joking that when he came off the other guy would follow him to the subs bench.
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"I should also give special mention to Callum Mathison because he got a one-plus-one (one goal, one assist) and for someone of his age to make a contribution like that is brilliant."
The Hounds have this month brought in two new players - Liam Doyle has returned to the attack after playing for the Isle of Wight in the English Premier League, while Simon James has stepped down from EPL duty with Guildford to add to the Hounds' defensive line-up.
"When you have a strong defence you get so much more confidence going forward," said Bestic. "By bringing these guys in we have really strengthened our lines."
On Sunday, the Hounds entertain Oxford at Ally Pally (5.30pm).