The Nottingham Lions face their first ever trip to the new Silver Blades rink in Widnes this Sunday (6.15pm), as they prepare to take on an ever-improving Wild side.
The Lions will be keen to get back to winning ways at the first time of asking after last Sunday’s home defeat to runaway league leaders Deeside Dragons, whilst the Wild will be keen to impress in front of a predicted bumper crowd, in what is only their second home game of the season so far.
After being unable to build on their four-game winning streak last weekend , Nottingham will be well aware that they have not lost two consecutive games since way back in March 2012 and will no doubt be doing their utmost to keep that particular record intact.
Widnes have had a mixed start to their inaugural season, winning three and losing seven of their opening ten games. However, their home form is somewhat of an unknown quantity, having only played one game in their own barn, beating Blackburn Eagles by a 5-1 scoreline last month.
Four weeks ago, the National Ice Centre hosted the first ever meeting between the two sides and saw Nottingham come out on top, with a 7-5 victory. A hat-trick from Mikey Rose along with strikes from Daniel Hazeldine, Chris Allen, Joe Wightman and Robert Perks made sure of the two points, in what was a closely-fought encounter.
Matt Bradbury will hope to have a full roster at his disposal for the trip, with no injuries or suspensions reported, whilst once again Canadian Chris Allen, American Luke Branin and Pole Slawomir Kasprzak will all be jostling for the two available import spaces.
If you cannot make the trip up to Cheshire to roar on the boys, don’t forget you can keep up to date with all the action as it happens by following the Lions’ official Twitter feed from 6pm on Sunday evening.