Bradford Bulldogs had problems on and off the ice at Manchester.

For starters, the visitors arrived at the rink late after traffic problems and were 5-0 behind by the end of the first period.

Jonny Brown replaced Sam Roberts as netminder for the last two periods and he too was worked hard as Manchester finished up winning 8-0.

The following night, the Bulldogs were in North Wales to face Flintshire Freeze and had a simple game-plan of containing their forwards and hitting them on the break.

It worked to perfection as Aaron Dad and Matt Viney silenced the home crowd with two quick goals, and Roberts denied Flintshire with a host of top saves.

Viney then wasted a great chance to put the Bulldogs 3-0 ahead, and Flintshire stepped things up in the second period.

A shot somehow slid past Roberts, who was also beaten by a long-range effort and Flintshire took the lead in the last two minutes of the period after a two-on- one breakaway.

The hosts then scored two quick goals at the start of the final period to put the game out of reach, although Viney's second made the final score 5-3.

This was a much-improved performance by the Bulldogs, which gives them heart for Sunday's return fixture against Flintshire (5.15pm).

Admission is £5 for adults with under-16s free with one paying adult.

Bradford's under-12s and under-14s both took on Coventry.

The under-12s went down 1-0 to a last-minute goal, while the under-14s remained unbeaten as they won 23-1.

The under-18s mad it three wins out three with an 11-2 win over Sutton.

The under-tens went down 9-0 at Hull in the Development Shield.

The club are on the look out for junior players at all levels.

Anyone interested can go to Bradford Ice Rink on Wednesdays at 5.30pm and speak to any of the managers.