Four-point weekend is the target for Watkins
Tigers chief Tom Watkins is determined to break his sideâ€™s â€œfrustratingâ€ lack of a four-point haul against Bracknell Bees and Milton Keynes Lightning this weekend.
Telford looked to have regained their title-chasing form last Sunday, beating Peterborough Phantoms 6-4 in an absorbing encounter at Bretton Road.
But with Swindon Wildcats having overcome the county men 3-0 the night before, Watkinsâ€™ men are still searching for a four-point weekend, to boost hopes of retaining their EPL title.
The Tigers supremo, however,Â expects the momentum generated by Sundayâ€™s win to play a crucial part in this weekendâ€™s matches.
He said: â€œTo get to late October and still not have a four-point weekend in the bag is very frustrating. But there isÂ a long season ahead of us.
â€œThereâ€™s signs in games that weâ€™re doing a lot of things veryÂ well, but weâ€™ve been a little bit unfortunate in front of the net.
â€œAll in all, weâ€™ve got a good balance throughout our line-up, and of course we do miss Jonathan Weaver. I think any team would.
â€œBut we just need to find a way of winning games and on Sunday we did that. It was good to see what it meant to the boys to win.â€
The Tigers have enjoyed theÂ upper hand over Bracknell so far this season, winning all three of their meetingsÂ ahead of Saturday’s trip to Berkshire.
But Watkins remains wary of a side that beat title-chasing Guildford 4-3 just two weeks ago.
He added: â€œWe wonâ€™t be underestimating Bracknell in any way. We have been working hard in training, and getting special teams in place.
â€œFrom a coaching standpoint, weâ€™ll have the boys fully prepared. They have to be 100 per cent motivated in their approach to every game and not take anyone lightly.â€
Sundayâ€™s visit of Milton Keynes is the second time the two teams have met this season, with the first ending in a 4-3 win for the Lightning.
The Buckinghamshire boys are enjoying a free-scoring campaign so far, taking them to the top of the English Premier League standings.
Watkins will come face to face with his GB coaching colleagueÂ Peter RussellÂ on SundayÂ â€“ and heâ€™s expecting a spectacular night.
â€œI know Pete very well and we both have similar coaching styles,â€ he said.
â€œWeÂ like our teams to play aggressively, and create offensive opportunities throughout the game.
â€œItâ€™s always funÂ playing against Pete, as he likes to throw in a few surprises. But his sides always work very hard, so it will be a tough weekend for sure.
Sundayâ€™s game against Milton Keynes Lightning, at Telford Ice Rink, faces off at 6pm. For tickets, go to www.tigershockeyuk.com.