After a welcome weekend off and a midweek challenge game against the Great Britain U20's team the Nottingham Lions hit the road and head for Coventry.
Having had their five game winning run halted by Widnes Wild the Lions will be looking to commencing another run of winning games, starting with this encounter this Saturday evening.
Now it would be true to say with just one win in the bag this season from nine starts that the Blaze are really struggling to get anything of note together during this campaign, but thinking that could prove to be any visiting team’s downfall.
Last weekend saw he high flying Deeside Dragons travel to the then basement team the Bradford Bulldogs in what the Dragons might have thought was a definite walk in the park but they came close to being beaten in what eventually turned out to be a tied game. At one stage the Dogs were holding a 5-2 lead and it was not until the third period that the Dragons achieved a tie that could easily have proved a win for their lowly placed opponents. The Bulldogs also ran a very short bench on the night but with more bodies may have grabbed their second win of the season.
The Nottingham Lions cannot afford to take the Coventry Blaze lightly because even they have run Deeside close in a 3-5 game and just missed out away at Altrincham Aces in a 5-4 thriller. No team can be dismissed as no hopers or just inferior because these are the guys who perhaps go into games with nothing to lose and with every chance causing a major upset.
The Nottingham Lions themselves going in as underdogs beat both the Dragons and the Wild in their respective barns but a lack lustre performance ensured the Wild took back the initiative, the hard work was done and so easily undone purely through possibly the wrong attitude on the night?
Bradford Bulldogs gained a lot of respect for their performance against the Dragons and the Blaze will definitely be looking to earn respect whilst also kick starting a slow season.
The Blaze have the ability to score goals but the Lions have more than enough in the tank to counter whatever comes at them, but only if they take to the game with the right attitude and the drive necessary to push home the obvious advantage they have in the depth of skills combined with the wealth of experience within this Lions team.