The Nottingham Lions face local rivals Sheffield Senators in their first fixture of the new year, at the National Ice Centre on Sunday evening (7.30pm).
Both sides come into the fixture determined to get their respective seasons back on track, after some uncharacteristic defeats in recent weeks.
Nottingham have lost three of their last four games, with all three defeats coming against title rivals Deeside, Coventry and Solihull. They now face a huge task to retain their status as champions, with the Barons holding a commanding eight-point lead over the Lions and a five-point lead over the second-placed Dragons.
Sheffield have struggled to live up to last season’s forth-place finish, winning just four out of their seventeen games so far this season, including recent defeats in Hull and at home against Solihull.
However, a feisty, unpredictable and competitive derby game is just what the doctor ordered for both sets of players, coaches and supporters, as they hope for more positive performances in the second-half of the Laidler Conference season.
The Lions have won both the encounters played between the two sides so far, this season. They claimed a 4-1 victory at the NIC back in October, thanks to goals from Joe Wightman, Reece Glossop, Dan Hazeldine and Mikey Rose, whilst a trip to Ice Sheffield in November, saw them convincingly collect the two points, with a 7-2 win.
Matt Bradbury will hope to have a full roster available for selection, after the two-week festive break and having key players including Wightman, Rose, Christy Johnson-Brown and James Francis-Barrie all missing for the Lions’ 7-1 defeat at Solihull on 22nd December.
So, make sure you head down to the NIC on Sunday for the Lions’ only January home fixture, in what is sure to be an exciting start to 2014!!
The Lions home game experience represents great value for money – ticket prices start from just £2.50 and with no Panthers game, home or away that day, there really is no better time to come down and help roar the boys on to victory.
Matchday Ticket Prices:
Children (under 16) & OAP’s: £3.00
Students (with NUS card): £2.50
Panthers Season Ticket Holders: £3.00
(Must show Panthers season ticket)
Tickets can can be bought on game nights or can be booked in advance by ringing 0843 373 3000 between 9am and 9pm Monday to Sunday or by visiting the National Ice Centre Box Office in person between 8am -9pm Monday to Sunday.
Tickets are available for collection only and all major credit & debit cards are accepted.