Tigers out to prove a point at Hull

Telford Tigers will be looking to prove a point when they travel to Hull Pirates on Saturday.

The EPL leaders lost 6-0 on Humberside last month – only their second regular time defeat of the season.

Telford are now four points clear of second-placed MK Lightning, with the Pirates a further point adrift, having played a game less.

Tigers’ boss Tom Watkins said: “Hull is always a very tough place to play, as we’ve seen, and they’ve had a great start to the season.

“We haven’t played well enough in that building to warrant getting anything, so we need to go there with a point to prove.

“When you go through some adversity and go to a building where you haven’t played very well, it’s always in the back of your mind.

“The last time we went there we gave up a lot of odd-man rushes and weren’t very good on the puck. I’m sure if we perform to the expectations of how we can play, then it will be much tighter game.”

Sunday sees the Tigers host Basingstoke Bison at Telford Ice Rink, with the visitors having lost just one of their last five games.

Watkins believes erasing the mistakes that led to last week’s 4-1 loss at Peterborough Phantoms could hold the key to victory against the reigning EPL champions.

He added: “It’s always about small margins and we got ourselves behind last week, then found it tough to pick it up from there.

“If we create chances then we’ve got to make sure we take them, as every team has got the ability to punish you.

“We’ve just got to come and play, and give ourselves a chance to win.”

(Image permission: Lauren Rankin)

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