Phantoms defenceman Robbie Ferrara, sponsored by Food Focus Living, is keen for the team to build on their first four point weekend of the year as another tough weekend awaits in the NIHL National.
Last Saturday saw the Phantoms dispatch the Sheffield Steeldogs 4-1 at Ice Sheffield, handing the Phantoms their first away win of the season. Ferrara is pleased the team were able to get their first road win and believes it will spur them on to continue picking up points.
“It was great to get our first away win; we need to be focussed and prepared to battle for the full 60 minutes to be able to start a run of wins. The league has already shown that this year to build a streak will be tough as every team is capable of earning a victory on any given night. If we can focus on our game plan and do the little things right, we should have a chance to win every night.” Robbie said.
Up next for the Phantoms is a trip to Romford to take on the Raiders on Saturday night. Sean Easton’s side earned rave reviews after completing a four point weekend against Hull and Swindon two weeks ago, but suffered two defeats against the Basingstoke Bison and Leeds Chiefs last week. Robbie is expecting a tough test, but believes the Phantoms have what it takes to come out on top.
Robbie said: “Saturday will be a tough game especially away in London, the crowd make it a hostile atmosphere. I think we need to focus on our tactics and play with a high tempo to put our stamp on the match. If we play solid defensively whilst putting pressure on the Raiders in their end of the rink, I think we have a good chance to be successful.”
Raiders previous two weeks have proved that anyone can beat anyone in the new NIHL National division. Robbie believes the fortunes of the Raiders in the last two weeks are a sign of that, but also a sign of inconsistency which most teams face throughout the course of a season.
“I believe there is perhaps an element of both in play there. The Raiders maybe had an off weekend by their standards last weekend but simultaneously the quality of each team in this new league means having an off night or weekend will cost you points” Said the Phantoms #37.
The Telford Tigers have quietly been picking up positive results so far this season and currently sit top of the table. Tom Watkins’ side lost their opening game of the season, but have won every game since, including an overtime win against the Swindon Wildcats.
“If I’m honest I haven’t heard or read too much about Telford this season and obviously this is our first meeting with them. I’m sure they will turn up to deliver a complete performance and aim for the win. In the past Telford have always been a hard-working team who try to put our defencemen under lots of pressure so I’m expecting a physically challenging game. With it being a new league and still early anyone is capable of winning a couple games and going top or near top so there are no surprises with the league so far. I think if you give it perhaps another month and we might start seeing some trends in terms of each teams results and performances.” Ferrara said.
Robbie believes the Phantoms fans have a huge role to play in the potential success of the team this season.
“Our fans have been great as always so far this season. Last weekend was busy, loud and a great atmosphere for anyone Phantoms. If they can bring the same passion and support for the upcoming weekend it may just give us the edge on Sunday night!” Said Robbie.
To book your place on the team bus for Saturday’s trip to face the Raiders, email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re unable to attend the match, full updates can be found on our Twitter account @GoPhantoms.
Tickets to Sunday’s game against Telford are available HERE, or from the Planet Ice Box Office upon arrival to the rink on Sunday evening.