Weaver’s warning ahead of Bees clash

Tigers defenceman Jonathan Weaver has warned against complacency when his side takes on Bracknell Bees and Hull Pirates 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: “When teams are up against it and experiencing adversity, you often find they play a lot better. We’ll definitely have to be wary of that with Bracknell.

“They have lost a few guys, but many of their better players are still with the team. That means they’ll be on the ice more, so we can’t take anything for granted.

“One win, like the one we had against Milton Keynes, doesn’t make a season by any stretch. We’ve had a good week in training, so now it’s a case of making sure we’re ready for the weekend.”

That 4-0 victory over the Lightning was a welcome return to form for Telford, following the previous week’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: “Bearing 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.

“Milton Keynes is always a very difficult place to go, so it was great to see us stick together and work hard for the win.”

Sunday’s trip to Hull will see Telford face former Tigers star Nathan Salem, who left the club last month for personal reasons.

“We’ve had some good results against Hull, but they’ve made a couple of changes recently,” Weaver said.

“They’ve added Nathan, who we know all about and again they’ll be at home, so I‘m sure it will be a very different game.

“We just have to continue doing what we did last weekend and keep this thing going.”

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

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