Phantoms Weekend Preview
Defenceman Rob Ferrara reckons this is the weekend when Phantomsâ€™ 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 wonâ€™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: â€œTheÂ performancesÂ and results in the last two games against Telford were nowhere near good enough.
â€œThey came a week after we had lost 11-0 in Manchester and we had no confidence whatsoever.
â€œWe need to put those two results right by going there and winning on Saturday.
â€œWe were not happy with Sloughâ€™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.
â€œI definitely feel this has the potential to be a four-point weekend.
â€œWinning two nights running would give us a nice boost.
â€œWe certainly donâ€™t want to have to wait until February to get a four-point weekend like we did last season.â€
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: â€œWe donâ€™t see any reason why we canâ€™t get ourselves up into mid-table.
â€œWeâ€™ve unlocked some form at home and just need to click when we are away.
â€œWe should have picked up far more points than we have doneÂ onÂ theÂ roadÂ but we know we are capable of getting away results.â€
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 theÂ Peterborough Evening Telegraph