Phantoms forward, Ross Clarke, looks ahead to the weekend’s fixtures and praises the Phantoms fans, as he continues his first full season as a member of the Phantoms senior team.
Saturday sees the Phantoms travel to Bracknell to take on the Bees (6:15pm), before the Basingstoke Bison visit Planet Ice Peterborough on Sunday (5:30pm).
Clarke and his teammates know what to expect from Doug Shephard’s Bracknell Bees side and knows he and his team will need to be ready for the battle if they’re going to return to Peterborough with the two points.
“We are expecting them to come out fast and aggressive. They are always a good team at home, so we need to make sure we’re ready for it and that we stick to our game plan for the full 60 minutes to make sure we get a win. I think we just need to make sure we stick to our systems and make sure we work hard for every opportunity throughout both games. If we do that, we should be fine.” Clarke said.
A close game between the Phantoms and Bison is usually guaranteed, and Clarke is expecting another exciting game against Ashley Tait’s side. The two sides have met twice so far this season, with each team winning their home games.
Clarke said: “I think there will be another exciting game on Sunday. Games against Basingstoke are always intense as it’s two competitive teams. I think it will be a fast-paced, physical game and hopefully one the fans will enjoy!”
Ross made his senior Phantoms debut at the back end of last season and has been a regular fixture on the fourth line for Slava’s side so far this term. He has enjoyed the experience so far and is keen to keep improving.
“I think personally the season has started off well. The coaches and players have been very welcoming and collectively we have found our rhythm, we’re getting some good results and playing some good hockey. My personal aims for the season are to just keep working hard and keep pushing myself to get better.” Said the 17-year-old forward.
Playing in front of our fans for the senior Phantoms team is something Clarke always dreamed of, and he’s living it now as a part of Slava’s team. He is loving the experience of playing in front of our fantastic fans.
“Playing hockey for the Phantoms has been a dream of mine ever since I started watching them when I was younger. Getting to play for them is a great feeling and I look forward to every weekend playing with the boys. The atmosphere is amazing getting to play in front of our great fans each week is a great feeling!” Clarke commented.
For information on how you can travel on the team bus to Bracknell on Saturday, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you can’t make it to the game, full match coverage will be on the @GoPhantoms Twitter account.
Tickets to Sunday’s home game against the Basingstoke Bison can be found HERE, or can be purchased from the Planet Ice Box Office upon arrival at the rink on Sunday.