Silverthorn only has eyes on points this weekend

Tigers captain Jason Silverthorn will pay little attention to the EPL table ahead of this weekend’s games against Milton Keynes and Swindon.

Telford are currently top of the league standings, albeit level with MK Lightning on points, as the early season standings begin to take shape.

But with just two points separating the leading sides from third-placed Hull, Silverthorn is under no illusions about changeable nature of the league.

He said: “Right now at this stage of the season it is a big game against Milton Keynes, but that doesn’t change our process. The way we will go about things is one game at a time.

“Milton Keynes are just the next in that run we’re looking for. We’ll play like we’ve been playing all the other games so far this season, and just go out and try to win it.

“You can’t pay too much attention to the league table. As I said, you take it one game at a time, building through each game. You want to keep getting better every night, especially at this stage of the season.”

The Lightning have been tipped as favourites for this season’s league title, as they prepare to move up to the Elite League next year.

Swindon Wildcats, meanwhile, beat Telford after penalty shots in a gripping encounter at the Link Centre just two weeks ago.

Silverthorn added: “You don’t forget about any defeat and you want atone for that, regardless of whether it is on penalty shots, after overtime or in regular time.

But we’ll look at Milton Keynes, try to grind out a good road win and then turn our attention to Sunday.

“Swindon are dangerous and teams will come here and want to beat the Tigers, so we have to be mentally and physically prepared to battle. We need to be nice and tight, as it will be a physical match.”

The Tigers are likely to welcome GB defenceman Jonathan Weaver back to the line-up for this weekend’s games, as their early season injury worries begin to fade.

“We got Joe back a few weeks ago and with Weaves coming back we’ll hopefully put together a good run of form,” Silverthorn said.

“Everybody is getting healthy and we can soon put the team together on the ice that Tom put together on paper in the summer.

“Having players back in the line-up creates competition for spaces and that can only be good for the team.”

Saturday’s game in Milton Keynes faces off at 7pm, while Sunday’s encounter with Swindon Wildcats, at Telford Ice Rink, starts at 6pm. For tickets to Sunday’s game, go to www.tigershockeyuk.com.

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