Turnaround the target for Tigers

Tigers chief Tom Watkins has ruled out making wholesale changes ahead of this weekend’s games against Milton Keynes Lightning and Peterborough Phantoms.

Telford have lose twice at home so far this season, with last weekend seeing them go down 4-1 to Basingstoke Bison – likely to be their chief rivals for the EPL title.

But with The Tigers having enjoyed heavy road wins over Sheffield and Hull, Watkins believes his players are capable of turning around their current run of home form.

He said: “You expect to lose some games during a season, as you’ll never go through the year unbeaten. But it is how you bounce back that matters.

“We have been able to watch some video of the games this week, and use that to our advantage. I expect the guys to be firing and at their best this weekend.

“We’ve got a team of very good players, but we made a few mistakes. We have dominated both of those home games, but putting the puck in the net is often the hardest part.”

The summer break saw Telford make few changes to their line-up – unlike many teams in the EPL – and Watkins expects that policy to start paying dividends over coming weeks.

He added: “We’ve got a good set-up here, and the guys are playing well together. We dominated last weekend, so there won’t be any changes. We just need to be better at the end product.”

Saturday’s trip to Milton Keynes is a chance for Telford to take on a side that many expect to be vying for honours at the end of the season.

Sunday, meanwhile, will see Telford host a Phantoms outfit that beat them at the Coventry play-off finals in April – ending the club’s dream of a historic triple crown.

“Peterborough finished the season strongly last year, at our expense, and I am sure there will be no lack of respect for either team this weekend.

“Milton Keynes are a little bit of an unknown quantity. They’ve made a few changes over the summer, and of course have Pete Russell as coach.

“They’ll be organised and perhaps have a bit more punch than last season. Peterborough will play to their strengths and counter-attack very well.”

Sunday’s game at home to Peterborough Phantoms, at Telford Ice Rink, faces off at 6pm. For tickets, go to www.tigershockeyuk.com.

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