Match Preview: Telford Tigers 2 vs Bradford Bulldogs Semi-Final. This weekend, Telford Tigers 2 will be facing their debut Cup fixtures in the NIHL Laidler Cup. The Cup competition is new to the 2021/22 season and included all teams in the Laidler NIHL2 North league.
Telford Tigers 2 were categorised into the Midlands group of the Cup alongside local rivals Coventry Blaze NIHL, Nottingham Lions and also NIHL North 2 returnees, Sutton Sting. Grouped in the North was Hull Jets, Bradford Bulldogs, Sheffield Titans and Altrincham Aces.
Telford Tigers 2 have had an exemplar form from the start of the season, having only dropped two points all season when they faced Sutton Sting on home ice back in October.
The Shropshire side currently sit at the top of the NIHL Laidler league table and also completed the early stages of the Cup competition as group winners after a nail-biting 4-3 win over Coventry Blaze NIHL at the Skydome Arena last month.
The Bulldogs have had a reasonable start to the season having won over 70% of the games they’ve played so far with some big wins over Hull Jets and Altrincham Aces. The final standings of the North group saw the Bulldogs finish second where they slimly missed out on the top spot by only two points.
The Yorkshire side have always been keen to take home silverware. During the 2018/19 season, Bulldogs secured a place at the North 2 Laidler Play-Off weekend for the first time in the Club’s history. Currently sitting in fourth place in the League table, there are no doubts that the Bulldogs will be looking to retain and advance on that position for the remainder of the season.
The first leg of this semi-final journey will be a trip to West Yorkshire for Tigers 2 where they’ll face Bradford Bulldogs in their barn for the second time this season; the first being a league clash where the hosts fell short in a 5-1 defeat.
On Sunday, it will then be down to Tigers take the reins and host the second leg of the semi-final. This will be the Bulldogs’ first trip down to Telford Ice Rink this season and it’ll be a tough one for Tigers having already played the first leg on away ice.
Tigers 2 Assistant Coach Dougie Wildman doesn’t deny that this will be a tough test for the Tigers.
“Bradford play very well in their own rink with a bash and crash style because of the pad being quite compact. We had a good game plan last time we were in Bradford and will be trying to do the same again this time.
To then be playing the deciding leg of the Cup semi-final on home ice in front Tigers fans will be great as getting behind the team with the noise and support goes along way for the lads.”
Tigers 2 team Captain Mike Jones is eager that the team will prove themselves when they come up against the Yorkshire side:
“The lads have been working hard all season with the aim of silverware at the end. This is our first opportunity to get ourselves into a final and we know Bradford will provide us with a tough test this evening however, we are eager to prove ourselves as a team and will be ready.
I hope you enjoy the game and look forward to hearing the noise from the stands.”
The first leg, and away leg of the semi-final for Telford Tigers 2 will take place on Saturday 18th December at 16:45 at Bradford Bulldogs at Bradford Ice Arena. Follow the game with live updates on Twitter by following @Tigers2Scores
The home leg of the semi-final will then take place at Telford Ice Rink on Sunday 19th December at with a face off of 18:00. Tickets are now available to pre-book in advance here. Don’t forget to check out our latest ticket promotions below for this fixture!
- £5 ENTRY FOR ALL ADULT TELFORD TIGERS SEASON TICKET HOLDERS!
- A CHANCE TO WIN YOUR TICKET MONEY BACK!
- 25% OFF TICKET PRICE FOR NHS & EMERGENCY SERVICE STAFF
Details for each promotion can be found below!
All Telford Tigers season ticket holders (adult) will be eligible for a discounted ticket of £5 and children will be eligible for a discounted ticket of £3! This offer applies to both Telford Tigers 1 and Telford Tigers 2 season ticket holders, including family season tickets.
Season ticket holders have until 10am Friday 17th December to book tickets in their season ticket seats. After this deadline, the reserved seats will be released for general sale.
Simply present your Telford Tigers season ticket to the cashier when purchasing your match night tickets and your discount will be applied! Please note that these discounted tickets can only be purchased from the Ice Rink ticket office, the Theatre or over the telephone by calling 01952 382 382 and cannot be pre-booked online. You must provide evidence of your season ticket to be eligible for the discount.
For those who are in possession of a family season ticket, match tickets will need to be purchased as individual tickets. For example, a family of 2 adults and 2 children will be 4 match tickets and will come to a total of £16.
There will be an opportunity for Telford Tigers fans to win their money back when purchasing a match night ticket for this fixture! Simply purchase your tickets as normal, and pop them in the prize box on the day! Don’t forget to add your name, telephone number along with your receipt and you’ll be entered into the draw! Our friendly match night staff will help you out on the day. Maximum value that can be claimed back is a family ticket of £22. This offer applies to all tickets including pre-booked online tickets.
If you have a match night stub from a Telford Tigers 1 ticket, you can use this to gain half price entry to this fixture! That means an adult ticket would only be £4! Purchase your ticket at the Rink or Theatre Box Office and present your ticket stub to redeem your discount! These tickets can be purchased on the day of the fixture.
NHS and Emergency services staff will be able to benefit from a 25% discount on match tickets purchased in person from the ice rink box office or The Place. Please note that you will be required to show evidence of your Blue Light card in order to be eligible for the discounted ticket. Please note that these discounted tickets can only be purchased from the Ice Rink ticket office and cannot be pre-booked online.
The 2021/22 Laidler Cup Final will take place in mid-January 2022 and will be played over two legs, one home and one away fixture. Details on these fixtures will be released following the results of the semi-finals.