Leach tells Stars “keep it going”


Stars Michael Bowman battles for possession on the boards at Trafford.

Stars Michael Bowman battles for possession on the boards at Trafford.

Ultimate Windows Billingham Stars take a trip on Sunday  night to face bottom of the league Trafford Metros. The Stars will be without James McCabe and Dave Thomas.

Trafford have struggled with only 3 wins from 26 starts and look certain for the drop.

Solway Sharks could be having a celebration on Saturday nigtt when the Scots side host strugglers Trafford, a win against the Metros will put the league title beyond doubt, and see the NIHL One (N) crown cross the border.

With only three league fixtures to play, Stars Coach Simon Leach has told his side to remain focused and stick to their winning ways.

“It’s almost a certainty that Solway will become league champions on Saturday night, they have remained consistent throughout the season”.

“I have told the lads that they can’t stop playing just because the title has gone, we are around four weeks away from the play offs, we need to go into the season finale in a winning state of mind”.

“It would be too easy to say the last few games don’t mean anything, but they do, we must carry our momentum, we are unbeaten in our last nine games, I don’t want us taking our foot of the gas only to have to try and build it back up for the play offs”.

“We are in for a very exciting set of play offs, we will get Sutton in the first round, then the winner of Blackburn v Solway”.

“We are the only team to have beaten Solway this season, but they have dropped points in draws against Blackburn and Sutton, I am sure all teams in the play offs will be looking to spoil Solway’s party”.

“Business as usual for us this weekend, Trafford are in the automatic relegation slot, we will go there aim to keep it simple and keep winning”.

Both Coventry and Telford have over the last few weeks have backed a campaign to form a midlands league separate to the current NIHL North structure, with Sheffield Spartans also linked to the proposal.

Billingham Director Allen Flavell confirmed the proposal is gathering momentum;

“The NIHL One & Two (N) has enjoyed another year of stability, we have seen the standard of Ice Hockey improving year on year under our current structure”.

“I believe that its financial pressures on these clubs that have driven the suggestion”.

Stars have no game next weekend but return to home ice action on Saturday 23rd March when Telford Titans travel to Teesside.

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