Captain’s Coventry cup plan

Tigers captain Jason Silverthorn will lead a charge to finally prove his side’s critics wrong at this weekend’s Coventry play-off finals tournament.

Telford have been installed as favourites to complete a triple crown of major trophies, following success in winning both the league and British Challenge Cup.

The Skydome will provide a cauldron atmosphere for Saturday’s semi-final against Peterborough Phantoms, as opposing fans adopt an ‘anyone but Telford’ mantra.

Silverthorn believes a repeat of his side’s season-long work ethic could prove crucial, if they are to emerge with a third major honour.

He said: “All the guys have worked extremely hard this season to get the team to where it is. I believe there are a lot of naysayers, who have said we’ve bought this and that. But they’ve not been involved in the long games on the road, when we’ve come back and taken points.

“The boys have made a massive effort to win two trophies so far this year. There is nothing that will stop us from doing it again in Coventry.”

Telford’s preparations this week have followed a similar pattern to the regular season, with daily training sessions and tactical analysis.

Silverthorn added: “You have to take it day by day and make sure you peak at the right time. We’ve been using the same routine as the rest of the season, because it is still potentially a two-game weekend.

“You’ve got to get through the first game, of course, so it is still one game at a time. It doesn’t change much of the mentality of the preparation. There is a lot to play for and this is a really exciting time of the year.”

The Tigers skipper admitted his team’s ‘one game at a time’ approach may seem repetitive to outsiders – but if it leads to that coveted treble, he will be a happy man.

“The weekend is set up as an elimination competition, but like the rest of the year, Tom has got us playing one period at a time,” he said.

“That is the way you have to look at it, even down to one shift at a time. It is a cliché and people might see it as monotonous, but that is what you have to do. That’s what makes you successful.

“You can come in and win a period, then another period, and then another. If you do that, then you’ve won the game.

“It’s baby steps, in order to reach the final goal.”

The winner of Saturday’s game will face either Milton Keynes Lightning or Manchester Phoenix in Sunday’s final.

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