Spartans Coach Martin White took some time out to reflect on both our performance up in Whitley Bay last Sunday whilst also looking ahead to this weekend’s double home header against Solway Sharks & Whitley Warriors.
This weekend sees us host Solway and Whitley in a home double header. We’re hoping to have a number of senior players back available after injury, but at the time of writing I’m unable to confirm either way.
We need to turn our fortunes around over the weekend, and with two strong squads visiting Sheffield. It will be a tough ask but one we need to respond to. It’s the first time we’ve faced Solway this season and although they’ve lost their influential netminder Russell the out skaters have been strengthened so it promises to be a tough end to end game.
Whitley is arguably the more difficult of the two fixtures although Solway are a difficult opponent. We’re aware of what to expect from our disappointing trip to the north east last weekend. The addition of Longstaff and Payette has really boosted an already strong and experienced squad, throw in Callum Queenan (recently selected for GB) and they’re a team to be reckoned with. Despite travelling short benched we failed to concentrate in the opening stages against a Whitley team full of confidence and they had us reeling with 4 quick goals that left us flat and chasing a team currently riding on a high. We can’t be happy with any aspect of our game in the first period, and despite restricting Whitley to only another 2 goals in the remaining 2 periods we failed to pose a consistent threat to Whitley’s goal. We struggled to get out of our zone with any fluidity and our usual passing game had deserted us. Credit to Whitley for a strong game in front of a partisan crowd, they deserved the win with a dominating performance.
We’ll be working hard to turn around our recent performances, we’ve got ourselves into it and it’s up to us to play our way out of the slump and this weekend is a good opportunity to look for back to back wins.
This weekend’s action down at Ice Sheffield is as follows…
Saturday 14th November…Spartans vs Solway Sharks: 3.45pm face-off
Sunday 15th November…Spartans vs Whitley Warriors: 6.15pm face-off
Your support is greatly appreciated and we hope to see as many of you as possible this weekend #allspartans