Silver wonâ€™t tell of points pursuit
Four-goal Tigers skipper Jason Silverthorn has dismissed talk of the shrinking points gap to the leading teams in the English Premier League.
Silverthorn scored a hat-trick in Saturdayâ€™s 8-4Â win overÂ Sheffield, before snatching another goal in Sundayâ€™s 8-3 success at home to Hull.
Those wins mean Telford are now joint-top of the form table, alongside Guildford, and a point behind fifth-placed Swindon in the overall standings.
The Tigers also have games in hand over those sides immediately above them â€“ but Silverthorn is refusing to take those spare matches into account.
He said: â€œYou canâ€™t worry about games in hand. Those things come along at the end of the season, but right now we’ve just got to worry about every game being a win.
â€œWe need to take it game by game, or period by period. When youâ€™re trying to win a championship, you have to take baby steps all the time and go from there.
â€œThe biggest thing is that we need to get stronger every game and go on some winning streaks. That way weâ€™ll start to catch up with the guys at the top.â€
Silverthornâ€™s form since returning from injury has co-incided with an upturn for Telford, who have now won eight of their last nine games.
He added: â€œIt felt good to score at the weekend and to contribute offensively, as thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m here for. For me, the biggest thing was the teamÂ gettingÂ four points.
â€œAs long as someone in the sideÂ is scoring goals and weâ€™re winning, then itâ€™s all good.â€
Those wins last weekend came despite The Tigers having a deleted defensive line-up, with three senior players missing through injury.
That placed extra emphasis on Telfordâ€™s remainingÂ senior defencemen, alongside contributions from the attacking ranks.
â€œWeâ€™re making sure that when the puckâ€™s in our zone, we help out down low and get it out quicker,â€ Silverthorn said.
â€œThat helps to relieve pressure and also, hemming the other team in their zone for long periodsÂ gets them tired and gives the guys a break.â€
The Tigers are back in action thisÂ weekend, when they travel to Swindon on Saturday, before the visit of Manchester Phoenix to Shropshire on Sunday (6pm).