The Nottingham Lions face their toughest challenge of the season so far on Sunday evening, as they head to Hobs Moat Road to take on the unbeaten Solihull Barons (6pm face off).

3jamiehovellfaceoffJamie Hovell facing-off against the Barons back in October.

The Barons certainly look unstoppable in their quest for the league title and promotion to Moralee D1, having yet to drop a single point from their 22 games in this campaign, scoring 246 goals and conceding just 49 in the process, ensuring they have the meanest offence and defence in the division, by some margin.

The Lions' hopes of a top-four finish were dealt a massive blow last weekend, after back-to-back losses over their play off rivals Widnes Wild and with seven of their remaining ten league games being against the top-three teams in NIHL Laidler D2, Nottingham's promotion aspirations are certainly looking rather unlikely at present but that shouldn't stop Matt Bradbury's side giving their all in each and every game from now until the end of March.

The Lions can take heart from being the only side to beat the Barons in their own barn last season, securing a 3-2 win back in October 2013, whilst Nottingham also took their hosts to a shoot-out in last season's Laidler Conference play off final, after a 2-2 tie and 65 minutes of nail-biting hockey at Solihull Ice Rink.

91ivodimitrijevsIvo Dimitrijevs in action at the Barons' Hobs Moat Road rink.

In the only meeting between the two sides this season, the Lions found themselves on the wrong end of 9-3 scoreline at Hobs Moat Road and will no doubt, be hoping for a much tighter affair this time around.

Ticket details for Sunday night's clash can be found here but don't forget that if you can't make it down the M42 to roar on the boys, you can keep up to date with all the action as it happens, by following the official Nottingham Lions Twitter feed.

Friday, 06 February 2015.
Simon Ball-McQueen - Media Manager