Stars aim to get Cup back on track !
Ultimate windows sponsored Billingham Stars turn their attention to the KD Flavell Welding Northern Cup tomorrow night when Manchester Minotaurâ€™s visit Billingham Forums Ice arena.
The Stars have made a slow start to the competition having won only 1 of their 3 cup outings and find themselves in third place behind table leaders Solway Sharks and Sutton Sting.
Tomorrow nights game is Manchesterâ€™s first Cup outing but their second visit to Teesside and they will be looking to improve on their 3 â€“ 1 loss at the hands of the Stars back in late September.
Stars will be looking to get back to winning ways after their 4-2 loss at Blackburn next week, but they are struggling with niggling injuries affecting a number of players.
On the plus side Stephen Wallace returns to the side following the birth of a new daughter last weekend. Although he trained a late decision on Garry Dowd will decide if the blue liner returns to bolster the Billingham sideâ€™s defences. Stars will still be without Andy Finn.
Stars General manager Allen Flavell knows that the Minotaurâ€™s will be pushing his side hard;
â€œWe had an end to end game last time Manchester visited, they had strengthened with an import who had been finding the net in the weeks leading up to our game, we marked him out of the game and stopped him creating chances, we will be doing the same again tomorrowâ€.
â€œIt will be good to have Stephen back up front, that will allow us to try and get back to our earlier forward lines, some of the guys will warm up on Sunday, if they feel ok they will ice, we have had a bad run of injuries and the guys tried to play through, but we will have to be 100% sure as we cant afford to antagonise the situation any furtherâ€.
Mark Watson is anticipated to take up tenure in the Stars goal; currently the second top keeper behind Blackburnâ€™s Daniel Brittle Mark is proving himself a capable last line of defence and maintaining a high save percentage.
Sunday nightâ€™s game faces off at the normal time of 18:30. Tickets will be available from the Ice Arena box office from 17:45 priced Adults Â£7.50, Concessions Â£5, Family Â£22 (2+2).