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Lacklustre Tigers are Second Best

Hexagon Telford Tigers played their only game of the weekend at home on Sunday evening. Tigers came into the game having won their previous three games and had a double win over Bristol Pitbulls last weekend.

The club had announced during the week that Danny Rose, Ricky Plant and Jonathan Weaver would be out indefinitely and joined Sam Watkins as long term absentees. Swindon have had their own bad luck this season with their home ice rink suffering flooding and the Wildcats have had to play the majority of their games on the road this season in other rinks such as Milton Keynes and Cardiff. 

Tigers made a poor start to the game and were behind in the opening minute of a disappointing period for the home side. A Tomaz Malasinski shot hit the post but the rebound was turned in by Aaron Nell. Telford could not muster anything other than long range shots on Renny Marr in the Swindon goal and fell further behind when Sam Bullas scored from close range. Swindon scored a third goal late in the period with a powerful wrist shot from Gael Lubwele beating Brad Day low down and bouncing in off the post. 

Tigers started the second period in better form and pulled a goal back five minutes into the period. A pass from defence by Harry Ferguson allowed Jaden Peca to burst in on goal. Peca stick handled past a Swindon defender and then beat Marr with a neat finish to put Tigers on the scoreboard. But some poor defending at the other end let the visitors back in to restore their three goal lead. Malasinski sent a pass in front of goal to Nell who took advantage of Brad Day losing his position to tap into the open net.

A goalless third period saw Swindon play out the rest of the game by running the clock down and limiting the home side’s chances. Tigers performance was lacklustre to say the least and Swindon were fully deserving of their victory.

Final Score: Hexagon Telford Tigers 1 Swindon Wildcats 4.

Scorer: Jaden Peca.

Man of the match: Jaden Peca.

After the game Head Coach Tom Watkins, commented, “We made a very poor start to the game and had a very poor first period which put us behind the eight ball. We didn’t get going at all, didn’t have enough energy, commitment or grit on or off the puck and lacked the fundamentals to allow us to play quick which would help us to create better transition and lead to more offence. To be out shot 35 to 23 at home tells its own story. 

You have to outplay the players opposite you or at the very least outwork or out-skate them to give your team a chance but with only 20% of the team playing at the level required, it’s going to be hard to win, particularly when you are up against a team with so much depth.” 

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