The Lions take another road trip this time to meet the Widnes Wild who are considered to be contenders for the Laidler Conference alongside Deeside Dragons so yet another tough old game for our guys at a rink where success had eluded the Lions during the 2014/15 season and in games lost by very narrow margins.
Looking back to last season the same of course could be said about the Lions visits to Deeside but the guys put those losses behind exhibited by their recent on the road performance in Flintshire
The Lions have nothing to prove to any team in the Laidler Conference as they enter all games with a willingness to compete no matter what the outcome. With teams like Widnes and their counterpart in Deeside the Lions go into those rinks considered as the underdogs but they go in to win whilst also treating all of the games at this level as a big part of the learning process for a number of our many up and coming players. At Deeside two of the newest younger players travelled for their first outing with the senior team and acquitted themselves well doing all that was asked of them and more.
Head Coach Matt Bradbury spoke to us ahead of the game "The Lions players and staff always look forward to this fixture. We will travel to Widnes looking to anything away that we can. It's not been a happy hunting ground over the years and Widnes have a huge offensive threat that we will have to try and contain. "
The Wild have pulled together a good squad led by a prolific scoring Head Coach in Scott McKenzie. He is ably supported by a team brimming with experience including Pavel Vales, Shaun Dippnall, Geoff Wigglesworth and netminder Greg Ruxton.
Scott McKenzie predicted pre season that his team would win the Conference but his plans were upset has he lost the high scoring forward Filip Supa to rivals Deeside Dragons just after Supa had agreed a return to the Wild for another season. To rub things in the Dragons visited Widnes early in the season and took the points in a 5-7 home loss.
No doubts Scott McKenzie will have thoroughly enjoyed the Dragons loss to the Lions and now knows what he might be up against so will now be setting about attempting to ensure that a similar fate does not befall his team. The Nottingham Lions coaching team will be planning to be looking to cause yet further upset to another of the Laidler Conference front runners This game has the makings of a very tense but massively competitive encounter.