The Lions head to Humberside this Sunday as they prepare to face the Hull Stingrays, currently the only team to inflict a road defeat on Matt Bradbury’s men this season.


Joe Wightman in action during November’s 5-3 defeat in Hull.

The Stingrays ran out 5-3 winners at Hull Arena back in November after a disappointing show from the Lions. Nottingham found themselves three goals down with 36 minutes on the clock but goals from Joe Wightman, Ollie Betteridge and Luke Branin quickly got the Lions back on level terms. However, a resilient Hull side rallied and Chris Hogarth put the home side back in front before James Maughan finished the game with an empty-netter.

The two sides first met in September in the Lions’ first home game of the season with Nottingham claiming a resounding 8-0 victory in a game which saw veteran Simon Hunt claim a brace and the Man of the Match award on his Lions debut.

Nottingham’s bench looks likely to be unchanged from the one which slipped to a narrow defeat at home to the Deeside Dragons last weekend, whilst Hull will be looking to build on last Sunday’s emphatic 12-3 home win over a short-benched Fylde Flyers side.

After their last visit, the Lions know they will have to be at their best to come away with the points on Sunday and keeping up the pace with their three main promotion rivals is now vital as the race for top spot in NIHL Division Two North heats up.

Face off is at 5.45pm and don’t forget of you can’t make the journey to roar on the boys, the official Lions Twitter feed will keep you up to date with all the action as it happens.

Saturday, 16 February 2013.