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The Lions are again on the road as they take the short journey up the M1 to Ice Sheffield to play their second game, of the four game series, against the Senators - face off at 7.30pm.

The first meeting between the Lions and the Senators was in Nottingham on 4th September and the visitors took the spoils on that day with a 3-4 score line. This game was a good opener for the Lions as they set about integrating the newer players into the team and overall the team put up a more than creditable performance.

Sometimes a tight loss can hurt a great deal but on this occasion perhaps some comfort could be taken from the fact that the opposition had just spent a season playing at a higher level, although relegated, and most of the team had stayed together rather than the team perhaps splitting up. There were also some additions from the Sheffield Spartans after their demise from the hockey scene.

The Senators have started strongly and occupy second place in the conference behind the Blackburn Eagles. The one major scalp for the Sheffield team was their 4-2 victory over the pre-season favourites the Widnes Wild and their confidence, having been severely dented last season, has returned.

Whether or not the Senators would be keen to seek promotion once again following last season’s painful experiences might be an interesting debate to have as the season develops?

Head Coach Matt Bradbury spoke about the game ahead "The game back in Nottingham was a fantastic display of hockey and was real end to end stuff and I don't see tonight's game being any different - there's nothing better than a local Nottingham/Sheffield derby whether it be at The National Ice Centre or Ice Sheffield."

"The boys have really got their confidence up at the moment and it is keen to maintain that level of spirit as we go into a tough double header weekend - whatever tonights outcome its sure to be an early Christmas Cracker!"

The Lions went up to the Eagles nest last Saturday and gained a well earned tied game against the current conference front runner. That is the first point conceded by the Blackburn team who have achieved an eleven game unbeaten run.  An excellent performance exhibited by both the Lions players and the coaching team.

Saturday, 12 November 2016.