Tigers prepare for fresh challenge in MK

Telford Tigers skipper Jason Silverthorn is expecting to face a very different Milton Keynes side on Saturday, when the two teams go head to head at the Thunderdome.

The Lightning have made a number of changes to their line-up in recent weeks, as coach Peter Russell looks to shore up his EPL title challenge.

Telford, meanwhile, have spent the week working on a solution to their own faltering title defence, following last weekend’s hefty defeats to Basingstoke and Guildford.

The two teams share the spoils with one win apiece so far this season, and Silverthorn has marked out a return to winning ways in Milton Keynes.

He said: “We’ve had a really solid week in training and the guys have put in a good response to what happened. That should give us an excellent chance of doing well this weekend.

“Milton Keynes have made some changes since the last time we played, and of course every game is different. We saw that last week, when lost to Guildford after beating them a few weeks before.

“It is more a case of getting ready to play the way we need to, knowing the process and executing that.”

The Lightning will feature former Bracknell star Frantisek Bakrlik and NHL draft pick Martti Jarventie in their ranks, following that mid-season cull of imports.

Telford are yet to make any notable changes to their squad, with head coach Tom Watkins currently in France on GB under-20s World Championships duty.

And with no home game this weekend, Silverthorn believes the trip to Milton Keynes takes on extra significance for his side, who are joint-sixth in the standings.

“It’s a massive game for us, as we need the two points to stop ourselves from slipping further behind,” he said.

“The other teams around us are playing twice, so even though we’ll have another game in hand, they don’t add up until the end of the season.

“That makes it even more important for us to come out and have a good result.”

Saturday’s encounter with Milton Keynes faces off at 7pm.

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