BLACKBURN Hawks produced one of the most memorable displays in the club’s history as they thrashed Telford Titans 13-4 in the English Cup.

Aaron Davies hit a hat-trick, while Sam Dunford and Rick Bentham both bagged braces, as the local ice-hockey aces rediscovered their goalsco-ring touch to secure only their second victory of the season.

Assistant coach Gary Buckman, who was running the bench in Mark Stokes’ absence, was delighted with the result.

“The guys never stopped working,” he said.

“They gave me their all for the full 60 minutes and that’s what it takes to win games.

“With season debuts for Rick Bentham and back-up netminder Nick Saxton, things will hopefully go from strength to strength and we can carry this form into our league campaign.”

Following a recent run of disappointing results in the league, Hawks went into the cup clash hoping for a change in fortunes.

And a week of hard work in training appeared to pay dividends, as Hawks looked back to their best.

The hosts took a two-goal lead through strikes from Davies and Chris Arnone, but surprisingly that proved to be short-lived.

Telford charged their way back into the game to square the contest with two goals of their own.

However, in an end to end struggle, Hawks regained the lead two minutes before the break with a goal from Lance Derbyshire.  At the start of the second period, Hawks took the game by the scruff of the neck.

They dominated the play and scored five unanswered goals, with Davies completing his hat-trick and Anthony Kinder, Dunford and Chris Booth all finding the back of the net.

That gave Hawks an 8-2 lead going into the final period, but to their credit they did not ease off, scoring another five goals, with a brace from Bentham and one each from David Meikle, Ryan O’Reilly and Dunford’s second of the night.

Telford managed to pull two goals back, but Hawks cruised to a convincing 13-4 win.