Warriors to face Sharks in challenging fixtures

Goalmouth action last year between Whitley Wariors and Solway Sharks at Dumfries Ice Bowl. Picture by Colin Edwards
Goalmouth action last year between Whitley Wariors and Solway Sharks at Dumfries Ice Bowl. Picture by Colin Edwards

Whitley Warriors will take on the NIHL North Division 1 champions the Solway Sharks in two pre-season games as Simon Leach’s side prepare for the 2013-14 campaign.

The first game between Warriors and Sharks will take place on August 31 at Solway’s Dumfries Ice Bowl with Whitley hosting Martin Grubbs’ side the following evening at Hillheads.

Simon said: “We had been looking at various different options in regards to pre-season games. We were in talks with a Scottish National League team (Kirkcaldy Kestrels) about the possibility of playing two games against them, but due to the dates required we struggled to get the games on.

“We have not ruled out the possibility of arranging games north of the border with them in the future.

“I have been in contact a lot recently with Martin Grubb (head coach) at Solway and we both found that we could accommodate each other on the required dates.

“We had looked also at other options, but I believe this would be the most beneficial to us as part of our preparations.”

Leach added that blue liner Simon Hehir has been progressing well as he recovers from a serious injury suffered towards the end of the 2012-13 campaign.

“Simon is looking to take things week by week at the minute, so we are giving him the time he needs to get fit at his own pace,” added Leach.

“We are not putting any pressure on him but he has skated twice now so things are moving in the right direction.”

Warriors’ fixture at Dumfries has a 7pm face-off with the return at Hillheads on September 1 starting at 5pm.

The NIHL league fixtures are expected to be released this week.