Home form the key to Tigers’ success

Tom Watkins paid tribute to his side’s record of just one home loss all season, as they rounded off their EPL campaign with a 3-1 win over MK Lightning on Sunday.

The victory was Telford Tigers sixteenth in a row in all competitions, a run that saw them finish the year twelve points clear in first place.

The Tigers now go on to play Guildford Flames at home this Wednesday, as attention turns to the play-off series.

Watkins said: “Home form is absolutely massive and I don’t think I have ever been part of a team that has only lost at home once all season. It is a phenomenal record and a great achievement.

“To back that up with just five regulation losses and a couple of overtime ones is fantastic. We top scored in the league again, so that’s three seasons in a row we’ve done that.

“Fans want to see teams that score a lot of goals and I like the fact that we have added offensive play alongside a solid defence.

“I thought we were really good against Lightning and took some good opportunities to score. Their netminder, who doesn’t play very often, was excellent.

“To only lose once at home, like I said, is a fantastic record. After everything the guys have been through, they kept their standards up there and kept on picking up wins.

“We were a bit lucky at times and Milton Keynes hit the post on a couple of occasions. It was a shame we got ourselves on that five-on-three, but we’ll learn from that and we’re now able to look forward to the play-offs.”

(Image permission: Steve Brodie)

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