Phantoms forward, Nathan Pollard, issues a rallying call to the fans as preparations conclude for Friday’s National Cup Semi-Final Second Leg against the Hull Pirates.

Phantoms put on a solid showing in the first leg of the cup semi-final, collecting a 4-2 win at Hull Arena. Corey McEwen netted a hat-trick whilst Glenn Billing also got on the scoresheet in a very positive night on Humberside for the Phantoms. Pollard believes it was the best road game the Phantoms have produced all season.

“I thought it was our best road performance of the season, I think we executed our tactics perfectly and played with the desire and commitment that we have been bringing for the 4 games since!” Pollard said. 

The victory and performance in Hull has seen the Phantoms go on a five game winning run. Pollard believes the performance in Hull has spurred the team on in recent games, with confidence playing a key role in the recent form. 

“Our form has been great since the Hull performance. I think we have been full of confidence and we are going into every game knowing if we play at the level we have been, we can win that game. Getting Robbo (Scott Robson) back was a massive boost for us, I think since coming back he has been immense and hopefully that can continue.” Said #12. 

With the successes of last season still in the back of the mind, Pollard believes having the experience of playing in the big games could serve as an advantage to the team this time around. 

Pollard said: “I think last season’s success does help to an extent with the ‘big game mentality’, but Hull were also very successful too and they won’t come into this game as strangers to the big occasion either. I think we prepare for it like we do every other game, stick to our tactics understand the game plan and try and stop them executing theirs.” 

The Pirates, coached by Jason Hewitt, have always possessed a considerable goalscoring threat. But, if the Phantoms stick to their game plan, Pollard believes the Phantoms have what it takes to book their spot in the National Cup Final. 

“I think we all need to be on the same page like we were in Hull, I think limiting their offense is definitely important but we know how much skill they have going forward and eliminating any threat from them for 60 minutes would be impossible, but we need to deal with the momentums of the game, weather the storm if necessary as we know they will come out hard, but we are prepared, we can beat anyone when we’re at our best game and I have no doubt that we will be putting everything into the game.” Nathan said. 

And he had the following message for the fans ahead of another huge night at Planet Ice Peterborough: 

“Our fans have been unbelievable for the last month and have really got us over the line in our last few games – the atmosphere against Sheffield was electric it’s the loudest I’ve heard the building all season. But I think we can top that; this is a huge game for us, and we know how intimidating we can make the rink for the opposition when the crowd are at their best! I hope to see you all there on Friday, be loud and help us get to the final!”