After three weekends on the road the Lions return to home ice to meet the Bradford Bulldogs. It is quite unbelievable that these two have not met since September of last year but that is indeed the case. On the two occasions that they have played the Lions have been the victors but we are not talking big wins here the Lions winning 6-2 at home and a very tight 4-5 result on the road.
Bradford Bulldogs are presently in the unenviable position of last place in the conference and looking at their fixtures on the run in to the end of the season they still have to face some very tough opponents. Points for all but the few in the conference have been hard fought for and on their night the ‘Dogs’ have come pretty close to upsetting some of the more dominant teams. They had Deeside Dragons on the ropes and it was the new conference champions that scraped a tied game on that occasion. Presently fourth placed Blackburn Eagles came unstuck as the ‘Dogs’ forced a 4-3 win on their home ice. For Bradford Bulldogs it has proved a long hard season but to their credit they keep turning up and making a game of it and looking to get that all elusive win and those results may come of that there is little doubt. There is no mileage gained in taking any team for granted as others have found out to their cost. On Sunday night the ‘Big Cats’ better draw their collective claws for three periods of fierce competition as the ‘Dogs’ hit town and snap at their heels.
Last Sunday saw the Lions head to Altrincham in a crucial game against a resurgent ‘Aces’ who had bagged three wins including one against the Lions only a week or so before. In a tight closely fought game the first period ended scoreless but in the second period Stuart Parker showed that his sniping credentials were still very much intact as he snatched the only two Lions goals with some quick and slick stickwork in front of the net. Some good approach work by Glossop, Wood and Pniok enabled Stuart the opportunities which he readily accepted. In the third the onslaught from the Aces produced the only goal for the home team and the Lions left Altrincham with two very valuable points.
Altrincham Aces produced a fantastic poster for the above game based on the theme of the ‘Rocky’ movies that featured the two Head Coaches and the caption ‘No Easy Way Out’. This can be seen below or via the Lions Twitter account @_TheLionsPride.
Face off tonight is at 7.30pm.