After back-to-back cup defeats against Invicta Mustangs in their previous two games, Lee Valley Lions must have been sick of the sight of the Gillingham-based side after they beat them again on Saturday, this time an 11-4 victory in NIHL South East 2.

Jordan Ho scored twice for the home side while Leonie Charles added her first for the club and Vinne Ferrara netted in the third period.

Lions were out for revenge but were not helped by a number of unavailable players, including Daniel Tamasauskas and James O’Brien, leaving the side with only three recognised defencemen.

Also missing were Ross Sin-Hidge, who was banned after his ejection from last week’s game for fighting, Charlie Nichols and Jordan Sullivan.

Within 10 minutes of the start, the home side found themselves two goals down as Harry Blake and Regan O’Neil scored in a fast start for the Mustangs.

Ho pulled one back when he finished from a scramble after Joe Berry was tripped, but the hosts went into the first break a goal down.

Mustangs hit two quick goals once again, this time through Jake Luton and Richard Harris, to extend their lead to 4-1, but overall the Lions’ performance improved and they got a deserved second when Charles beat Mustangs goaltender Matthew Passmore from a tight angle.

Before the half was out, Ho grabbed his second of the game to again bring Lions back within one goal of the visitors, assisted by Berry.

Things took a turn for the worse though aa with just two minutes of the period remaining, Luton scored his second with a shorthanded goal to make it 5-3 going into the final frame.

The fifth goal seemed to be a killer for the home side and a tired start to the third period saw Mustangs firmly pull away, as Michael Stokes, Kevin Lake and Finnley Taylor put them 8-3 up.

Ferrara, the original stand-in in defence, picked up a knock, meaning forward Ho had to drop back to make up the numbers, but Ferrara did make it back onto the ice and netted Lions’ fourth of the evening after good play from Ho and Jordan Miller.

The hosts’ small roster was exposed completely towards the end of the game as a rampant Mustangs side put them to the sword late on.

Luton completed his hat-trick before Thomas Dennis and Harris rounded off the scoring and sealed a dominant 11-4 win, meaning in the three consecutive games between the sides, Mustangs come out with a 27-11 aggregate win.

This Sunday sees the Lions not play Mustangs for the first time this month, instead welcoming Bristol Pitbulls to the Lee Valley Ice Centre for a 5.30pm faceoff in the NIHL South 2 Cup.