A fifth place finish in the NIHL Laidler D2 standings is up for grabs this weekend as the Nottingham Lions face, the unenviable task of trying to try to halt league champions Solihull Barons' mammoth, season-long unbeaten run, at the National Ice Centre on Sunday evening (7.30pm).

18lukeevansLuke Evans taking on the Barons at the NIC, last month.

In what will be the Lions' final game of the 2014/15 campaign, Matt Bradbury's side will be aware that the odds will be stacked against them in their last effort to move up the league from their already secured sixth position.

Nottingham know that they will have to better the current fifth-placed side Deeside Dragons' weekend points haul in their two games at Blackburn Eagles on Saturday and at home to Sheffield Senators the following day (A victory over the Eagles would end the Lions' hopes before Sunday night's game), whilst having to face an indomitable Barons side that have not dropped a single point all season.

Lady luck has not smiled on Nottingham in their games against Solihull during this campaign, losing 9-3 and 7-2 at their Midlands rivals' Hobs Moat Road rink in October and February respectively before being defeated by a narrower 4-1 scoreline at the NIC last month.

Elliot Perrin, Lee Holland, Christy Johnson-Brown and Ben Foster-Wilson all look doubtful to return to the line-up, after they all missed out on last Sunday's narrow 5-3 home loss to the Senators, with Coach Bradbury once again, looking to the plethora of young talent that is currently coming through the junior ranks, to boost his roster numbers.

So make sure you're in the Lions' den on Sunday evening for what's promises to be another cracking local derby and feisty, end-of-season encounter.

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Friday, 27 March 2015.
Simon Ball-McQueen - Media Manager