Weaverâ€™s warning ahead of Bees clash
Tigers defenceman Jonathan Weaver has warned against complacency when his side takes on Bracknell Bees and Hull PiratesÂ this weekend.
Both opponents have struggled to impress in the EPL this season, and are likely candidates to miss out on the end-of-season play-offs.
Bracknell, who visit Telford Ice Rink on Saturday, have lost a string of players in recent weeks, including influential forward Frantisek Bakrlik.
But GB International Weaver is expecting a strong performance from the Berkshire men.
He said: â€œWhen teams are up against it and experiencing adversity, you often find they playÂ a lot better. Weâ€™ll definitely have to be wary of that with Bracknell.
â€œThey have lost a few guys, but many of their better players are still with the team. That means theyâ€™ll be on the ice more, so we canâ€™t take anything for granted.
â€œOne win, like the one we had against Milton Keynes, doesnâ€™t make a season by any stretch. Weâ€™ve had a good week in training, so now itâ€™s a case of making sure weâ€™re ready for the weekend.â€
That 4-0 victory over the Lightning was a welcome return to form for Telford, following the previous weekâ€™s defeats to Basingstoke and Guildford.
It came despite the absence of coach Tom Watkins, who returns this week after guiding GB under-20s to a medal at the world championships.
Weaver added: â€œBearing in mind we were without Tom or Karl Creamer, everyone had to chip in and do a little bit extra. The boys responded brilliantly to that.
â€œMilton Keynes is always a very difficult place to go, so it was great to see us stick together and work hard for the win.â€
Sundayâ€™s trip to Hull will see Telford face former Tigers star Nathan Salem, who left the club last month for personal reasons.
â€œWeâ€™ve had someÂ good results against Hull, but theyâ€™ve made a couple of changes recently,â€ Weaver said.
â€œTheyâ€™ve added Nathan, who we know all about and again theyâ€™ll be at home, so Iâ€˜m sure it will be a very different game.
â€œWe just have to continue doing what we did last weekend and keep this thing going.â€
Saturdayâ€™s game at Telford Ice Rink faces off at 6pm. For tickets, go to www.tigershockeyuk.com.