Tyne â€“ Tees Derby Round 2!
Ultimate Windows Billingham Stars are in action Sunday night (face off18:30) in a Tyne Tees derby when they host North East rivals the Whitley Warriors.
Third placed Warriors will make the trip down the A19 to Teesside knowing that a win would lift them them above the Stars in the NIHL 1 Moralee conference.
With the Warriors ahead on bragging rights after an early season 3 -2 win at Hillheads, the Stars will be looking to even the score tomorrow night.
Billingham go into tomorrow nightâ€™s game on the back of a disappointing performance at Sutton Sting last weekend, although the travelling Teessiderâ€™s outshot the Sting they failed to turn chances into goals.
Stars will be boosted by the return of Stephen Wallace who will join line mates Windridge and Bowman in the hunt for goals.
Whitley go into tomorrowâ€™s game on the back of a thrilling 12 goal shoot out against league leaders Solway Sharks last weekend, a dream start saw the Warriors 2-0 up before the Sharks started to bite back An action packed end to end game saw the Sharks 3-2 up by the end of the first. Sharks kept moving ahead only for the Warriors to come back and tie the game twice. Warriors were unlucky in the dying seconds when with Richie Lawson pulled, the Sharks fired an empty netter to seal a 7 -5 win.
Billingham Head coach Terry Ward feels that the derby game will give his side the chance to put last weekâ€™s result behind them;
â€œWe will be looking to put last weekendâ€™s result at Sutton to rest, itâ€™s in the past and we need to put it behind us, and I donâ€™t think there is a better game than a Whitley derby game to give us the lift we needâ€.
â€œI know it will be a tight match, when we played them in September, a 3-2 win for Whitley proved then that the sides were well matched, Richie Lawson put up an excellent display for them in goal and we were forced to chase the game, I was very disappointed that we didnâ€™t get a point from that matchâ€.
â€œThe derby atmosphere always lifts the players and the fans, there is a lot to play for in this game and I know both sides will be up for itâ€.
â€œItâ€™s Simon Leach`s first trip back to the Forum and I know that he will have his players psyched up ready to do battle, he will be keen to turn his game in hand into pointsâ€.
â€œSimon has made a few acquisitions and brought a few players back into the Whitley camp, he seems to have gone for a blend of experience and youth and the Warriors have improved their resultsâ€.
This weeks edition of Powerplay magazine features a player profile and picture of our very own Andy Munroe, also a team picture of the Billingham Wildcats and full round up of juniors news along with articles and news from the EPL and EIHL, availabe at the merchandise table for Â£3.50.
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With a full house anticipated fans are urged to get down early Tickets go on sale at 5.30pm for a 6.30pm face off, from the Ice Arena box office, Adults Â£7.50, Kids and concessions Â£5, Family ticket Â£22.