Phantoms forward Will Weldon, sponsored by Wise Digital, is expecting another hard-fought weekend as the Phantoms renew their rivalry with the Basingstoke Bison on Saturday night, before welcoming the Leeds Chiefs to Peterborough for the first time on Sunday. 

Fixtures between the Phantoms and Bison are usually close, well-contested games, and Weldon is fully expecting another battle in Basingstoke on Saturday night. 

“The games against the Bison are always close and hard fought. Playing away in Basingstoke has always proved a difficult rink to play in but over the years we have always found a way to grind out results and we will be looking to do the same again on Saturday.” Weldon said

The Phantoms are yet to win on the road this season, but Weldon doesn’t believe picking up points away from home will be a problem this year.

“We have only played two away games so far in the league so I’m not too worried that we are yet to get our first win. We are working hard as a team to continually improve so I’m sure that first one will come sooner rather than later.” Weldon said. 

Weldon dropped the gloves in Swindon on Saturday, then again on Sunday against the Basingstoke Bison. He believes the physical side of the game might be more prominent this season. 

“I do think that that side of the game may be more prevalent this year due to the fact that every game will be competitive. In all honesty it’s not something at this stage of my career that I go looking for but I’m sure there will be other times where it becomes necessary.” Said Weldon. 

Sunday evening sees the Phantoms take on the Leeds Chiefs for the first time. Leeds have only played four times so far in their existence, which adds an extra challenge for the Phantoms coaching staff with limited data on how Sam Zajac’s side might play. Weldon doesn’t see it being an issue, though, with many of the Chiefs having played against the Phantoms numerous times before. 

“It will be good fun to play a new team, especially on the road. We may not know all too much about the systems they play and such like, but we do know a lot of their players from the EPL days. The most important thing is that we prepare ourselves properly and don’t take them lightly.” 

Many forwards set themselves goal targets for a season, but Weldon does not. His only target is to be successful with his team. 

“I’ve never been one to set personal targets. The role I play within the team can change on a game to game basis, so I am more worried about performing to the best of my ability to help the team achieve its greater goals. As a collective we want to be challenging for everything, something that is of course going to be even harder this year in such a competitive league.“ Said the Phantoms #29. 

Phantoms have a 100% record on home ice so far this season, and Welds believes the fans play a huge role in the team’s success. 

“Having the fans in and loud always gets the boys motivated so we ask for more of the same and we can hopefully continue to make our home rink a challenging place to visit.” Weldon said. 

Face off in Basingstoke on Saturday will be at 6:30pm. For information regarding away travel to Basingstoke, please email travel@gophantoms.co.uk. If you are unable to attend the game, there will be full match updates on our Twitter account, @GoPhantoms

Sunday’s game faces off at 5:30pm at Planet Ice Peterborough. If you’d like to purchase tickets for our first ever game against the Leeds Chiefs, click HERE, or get your tickets from the Planet Ice Box Office upon arrival to the rink!