NIHL South preview: Streatham set to face champions-elect

Streatham IHC travel to NIHL1 South leaders Chelmsford Chieftains on Sunday aiming to bounce back from last weekend’s disappointing defeat at Solent Devils.

Streatham went into that game on the back of four successive wins, but Solent brought them down to earth with a bump courtesy of a deserved 4-1 success.

With Chelmsford looking certainties to claim their fifth title in a row, Streatham forward Adam Wood acknowledges his team face a difficult task.

“They look like they have won the league already,” Wood told London News Online.

“The result is still important though as we are aiming for second place and trying to catch Invicta. That will give us an easier route in the play-offs and we also want to build some momentum.

“The loss against Solent came after four consecutive wins and Cornish (Head Coach Jeremy Cornish) has made it clear that whenever we hit a bump, we just come back stronger and go on another little streak.”

Wood has struggled for goals this season, with last Saturday’s hat-trick against MK Thunder taking him to just five league goals during the current campaign.

He hopes the performance against Thunder will spark an increase in his points output during the rest of the campaign.

“It’s no secret I’ve had trouble scoring this year,” added Wood.

“I’m not a natural goalscorer but I should be contributing more points wise. Hopefully the goals against Milton Keynes can be a catalyst for the rest of the season.”

Chelmsford are also in action on Saturday when they travel to Invicta Dynamos, while MK Thunder face-off against Solent.

Oxford City Stars against Bracknell Hornets completes the line-up of D1S fixtures on Sunday.

WEEKEND FIXTURES

NIHL1 South

Saturday

Invicta Dynamos v Chelmsford Chieftains
MK Thunder v Solent Devils

Sunday

Chelmsford Chieftains v Streatham IHC
Oxford City Stars v Bracknell Hornets

NIHL2 South

Saturday

Lee Valley Lions v Invicta Mustangs

Sunday

Basingstoke Buffalo v Bristol Pitbulls

(Image permission: David Trevallion)

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