‘Repeat the feat’ is NIHL crowd call ahead of Whitley clash

The Tigers NIHL will be hoping for another bumper crowd when they host Whitley Warriors at Telford Ice Rink on Saturday evening.

The county men were watched by over 300 fans at Telford earlier this month, when they overcome local rivals Solihull Barons 9-4.

Whitley, who are second the Moralee Conference, will include former EPL stalwarts Andre Payette and David Longstaff in their line-up.

Tigers coach Jason Parry believes another big crowd will help his side to better their 3-3 draw against Whitley at the start of the season.

He said: “The crowd we had against Solihull was amazing and especially for our young lads, it really helped them to produce their best game.

“We saw what happened in a noisy rink, so hopefully we can do the same against Whitley.

“It was a great atmosphere the last time we played them, when we pulled our netminder to draw level with just a few seconds left.”

Last week’s break from action saw a number of NIHL players called up to the EPL team, including youngster Corey Goodison.

The defenceman was joined by Callum Bowley, Macaulay Heywood and Adam Taylor in Tom Watkins’ senior line-up.

Parry added: “A couple of the guys have already played for the EPL team, but Corey has been improving all year and deserved his chance.

“It will be useful for us to see what they’ve learned, especially against a side like Whitley, and then Sheffield on Sunday.”

The second game of the weekend sees Telford make the trip to face Sheffield Senators, a side they beat 7-2 at home just a fortnight ago.

“We don’t take any team lightly and to be honest, we should have played better against Sheffield at home,” Parry said.

“It’s all about consistency at this level and preparing the same for every team, regardless of where they are in the table.”

Saturday’s game against Whitley Warriors, at Telford Ice Rink, faces off at 5.30pm.

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