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Tough weekend lies in wait for the Basingstoke Bison
THE Basingstoke Bison’s aim this weekend is to tame the Tigers and spook the Phantoms, but it is not going to be easy.
First up is a home clash with the Telford Tigers (face-off 6.30pm) on Saturday night, before a trip to Cambridgeshire to take on the Peterborough Phantoms (face-off 5.30pm).
The Herd have already faced the Tigers this season, winning 3-2 in a close game in Shropshire.
Last season, Telford finished bottom of the table, but they have started this campaign a lot better and enjoyed a double-header success over the Peterborough Phantoms last weekend.
However, the victories came at a cost as their leading British forward, Scott McKenzie, was ruled out of the second game due to concussion.
Last season, the Tigers failed to win in Basingstoke, but it has been a happy hunting game for them in the past and player/coach Tom Watkins felt they did enough to win a game they lost 3-2 earlier in the year.
The mood in the Herd camp is good after their best win of the season, a 5-4 shoot-out victory in Guildford, and player/coach Doug Sheppard is keen to get a winning run going.
The Bison boss said: “It was a tremendous character win in Guildford, as we came back from 3-1 down.
“It was a great team performance, goalie Dean Skinns deserved his man-of-the-match award for the shoot-out alone and Andy Melachrino played his best ever game for us.”
Sheppard said: “Now we have to focus on another tough weekend and Telford are a young, hard-working team and will be dangerous. We only just beat them last time and I expect it to be just as close on Saturday.”
The following day, the Herd make their first trip of the season to Peterborough to face a side that includes former Bison players Jaroslav Cesky, Nicky Watt, James Hutchinson and Marcel Petran.
After three straight defeats, the pressure is on the players, which is going to make life that bit more difficult for the visitors.
Sheppard said: “It is the toughest place to play in the league and they always have a very good home record. They have a number of former Basingstoke players in their line-up who will be out to prove a point.”
It remains to be seen if Nicky Watt’s younger brother, Ryan, will join his sibling at Peterborough after being axed by Slough, but Swindon looks his most likely destination.
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