With the NIHL Division One fixtures now out Oxford City Stars Head Coach Simon Anderson outlines his view on the schedule
With the squad recruited and
the fixture list now confirmed we can really plan our season. It is a very
different and more time-consuming schedule than the guys would have been used
to in the past couple of seasons. This will be a big test of not only our
ability, but commitment and fitness levels too.
We face a very tough start
with two of the teams that in my eyes should be towards the top of the
standings. But overall, I am happy with the way the schedule is laid out. We
have a few occasions where we have three home games in a row, and this is where
we need to capitalise and make Oxpens Road a fortress. Our fans will play a
major part in helping us. A lot of players I speak too say they find it quite
intimidating as an opposing player at Oxpens and that’s how we need to make
every team feel coming in here.
Mid November to early
December will be a big test, with five road games on the bounce and we will
need our players to be mentally and physically prepared for the challenge that
lies ahead during that time. As a team we will always want to bounce back from
any defeat immediately and we will have a goal of trying to never lose two
games in a row. We need to create that bounce back ability and pride ourselves
on achieving that goal.
There is a lot of hard work
ahead in what will be a tough league, but it will be a whole lot of fun and I
believe this group of players can achieve anything and be as good as they want
to be. It will not come without hard work and sacrifice from all of us and we
are all willing to do whatever it takes to give our fans, sponsors, management
group and the county of Oxfordshire a team to be proud of.