Doug's Diary

Doug Sheppard

Doug Sheppard

First published in Sport by , Sports Reporter

PUT two hockey teams on the ice and they’re both going to play to win, even if the result will not affect league placings. If it’s the final league game in front of your own fans, you want to win well. I think we did that on Sunday.

We owe our success this season to the depth of our squad, and it was great to be able to give a lot of ice time to our young players.

They have turned up for training every night, worked hard, stepped up when we needed them and their performances have been appreciated by team mates and fans. There’s always a special buzz when they take to the ice.

There’s an old hockey saying that a team is only as good as your goalie. Dean Skinns has more than repaid the trust we put in him, playing in every game this season. It’s an astonishing achievement on his part; it’s how he keeps consistently on top of his game.

Of course, not everything goes our way. We were all gutted for Muzzy (Michael) Wales when he broke his ankle in Swindon.

It makes us even more determined to succeed in the play-offs, for him and for our fans. He will want to be on the bench and to join us in Coventry.

The cup and league are behind us now and we don’t want our season to end on Sunday. First are the two legs against Sheffield and then we’re into one-off play-off games.

For those of you new to this part of the season, just think of the most exciting game you’ve seen this season and then imagine that it is played with even greater intensity and drama.

That’s what you have to look forward to.

See you all Sunday.

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