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Redmond back to face Bison
EXTRA spice will be added to the first local derby showdown of the season
between the Bison and Bracknell Bees as Herd legend Tony Redmond returns to the Basingstoke ice for the first time since his summer departure.
A bumper crowd is expected at the Basingstoke Arena for Saturday night’s game, which has a 6.30pm face-off.
Redmond, who is fondly known as Mr Basingstoke after making over 700 competitive appearances for the team, is assured of a warm welcome.
The Herd will hope that Redmond’s return does not have a sting in the tail like last week, when fellow summer departures Stevie Lyle and Alex Symonds helped Swindon Wildcats to an opening day victory in Basing-
Looking forward to the Herd’s second game of the season, player/coach Doug Sheppard said: “The derby is always going to be a tough game, and this being Tony’s first game back takes it to another level.
“We have to make sure he does not have the same impact as Stevie and Alex did last weekend.”
The Herd will be at full strength for the game, while the Bees will be without suspended Chris Wiggins.
Bracknell suffered a double loss last weekend, and for the Bison, it would be appropriate for them to chalk up their first league win of their 25th anniversary season against a team they faced in their first-ever season.
In those days, the games were feisty encounters and Saturday’s game should be no different as this is the style that Bracknell play today.
Sheppard said: “We are expecting a physical battle, and we have to make sure we are disciplined. We have to find a way to win for our fans after the disappointment of last weekend.”
On Sunday night, the Bison have their first away game when they travel to the Telford Tigers (face-off 5.30pm). The Shropshire outfit finished bottom of the EPL last term, but did have a good end to the season –
which included claiming a win over the Herd.
Sheppard won’t be taking anything for granted. He said: “Telford are a hard-working team, so we will go there and look to outwork them for 60 minutes which should give us the win we are looking for.”
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