SWINDON WILDCATS – MATCH PREVIEW

SWINDON WILDCATS – MATCH PREVIEW

The Swindon Wildcats are the next side to visit Planet Ice Peterborough as we return to NIHL National action in our only game of the weekend. 

TEAM NEWS

Phantoms

Gareth O’Flaherty remains out of the Phantoms line up with an injury. He has missed a number of games in recent weeks after sustaining an injury in Basingstoke. 

The other absentee will be Jarvis Hunt. Hunt picked up a knock against the Leeds Chiefs a couple of weeks ago and won’t be fit to face the Wildcats. 

Joe Hazeldine is expected to ice for the Phantoms once again, for the second time since signing a loan deal until the end of the season.

Wildcats

Swindon Head Coach, Aaron Nell, has the most prolific offence in the league at his disposal, with the Cats having scored 179 goals in 37 games so far this term. 

Renny Marr didn’t ice for the Cats against the Bees on Saturday night due to injury, and it is not yet known whether he’ll return to the line up to face the Phantoms.

SLAVA SAYS

With the recent run of form for Telford, there was a really big gap and in the last two weeks, Swindon have caught up by picking up the wins they need. They’ll have that excitement in the camp knowing the gap is small and they have time left so I assume it’ll be a top end game as it always is against them. It’s usually a big score against them, but when important things are on the line it’s a high tempo game and we need to expect that on Sunday. 

To make this a three-horse race we need to beat Swindon, Telford need to lose a couple more games in the next few weeks. Starting this weekend, we’ve got three home games so the next three weeks in my view, if things go our way then it’ll be a three-horse race. But we can’t forget it could easily become a four-horse race with Hull having games in hand on the teams above them. 

It’s so much harder this year than last year given how competitive the league is. If we could finish in the top three, make a final and reach Coventry, that’d be a successful season, but we don’t limit ourselves to those goals, we’ll take every game as it comes and see where it leaves us. 

On the young player development, Brad has been outstanding since mid-October, he’s on a different level compared to his first year. Jarvis if it wasn’t for his shoulder injury, he would’ve have progressed even more and if he can continue that when he’s back, that’s a success as well. They’re two young guys playing on the PP/PK and their development in itself is a success for the club. They’ll make mistakes as young players, but you’ve got to give them time and nurture them. 

For me, it’s always nice to say that if we win a trophy it will be unbelievable, something that everyone wants, that’s the ultimate goal for everyone. Looking at this realistically, we have a good chance but there are a few things we look at in the club that would make the year a success for us. 

TICKET NEWS

Match tickets are available HERE or from the Planet Ice Box Office upon arrival at the rink. Doors will open at 4:30pm ahead of a 5:30pm face off. 

GO PHANTOMS!