Phantoms Weekend Preview

Defenceman Rob Ferrara reckons this is the weekend when Phantoms’ season will receive lift-off.

The local lad is confident a Saturday trip to Telford Tigers (5.30pm) followed by a Sunday home clash against Slough Jets at the Peterborough Ice Arena (5.30pm) can provide a first four-point weekend of the English Premier League campaign.

The DALROD Phantoms, who are yet to win away but have been in excellent form at home lately, certainly won’t be short of motivation against either team.

They delivered two dismal displays when losing back-to-back matches against bottom side Telford early last month.

And they were sent spinning to a 4-1 defeat in a recent trip to Slough by a controversial goal which they insisted should not have been allowed to stand.

Ferrara said: “The performances and results in the last two games against Telford were nowhere near good enough.

“They came a week after we had lost 11-0 in Manchester and we had no confidence whatsoever.

“We need to put those two results right by going there and winning on Saturday.

“We were not happy with Slough’s second goal when we lost there and we then conceded a couple more times when we were pushing in the closing stages. It was never a 4-1 game.

“I definitely feel this has the potential to be a four-point weekend.

“Winning two nights running would give us a nice boost.

“We certainly don’t want to have to wait until February to get a four-point weekend like we did last season.”

Phantoms are slowly climbing the EPL standings.

They were bottom earlier in the campaign and have now risen to eighth, but Ferrara is aiming much higher.

He added: “We don’t see any reason why we can’t get ourselves up into mid-table.

“We’ve unlocked some form at home and just need to click when we are away.

“We should have picked up far more points than we have done on the road but we know we are capable of getting away results.”

Phantoms are marking Remembrance Sunday by offering half-price admission to military personnel and their families to the Slough game upon production of the relevant identification.

Report courtesy of the Peterborough Evening Telegraph

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