WHITLEY were only meant to be in action once last weekend, an away fixture versus the Telford Titans scheduled for Saturday evening however hazardous weather conditions meant the match was cancelled on Friday night as it wasn’t safe for Warriors to make the journey south to Shropshire.
Only two NIHL North Division One games went ahead over the course of the weekend. Solway Sharks drew three all with the Blackburn Hawks while the Sheffield Spartans lost out against the Sutton Sting on Saturday by five goals to four before which was a great result from Warriors point of view as Spartans lie just above Whitley in the league standings.
Warriors next game is now the local derby clash with Billingham Stars this coming Sunday, January 27 away from home on Teesside. Former Whitley Warriors forward Karl Culley has recently linked up with the Stars which will add a little extra spice to what is normally a feisty contest anyway.
It is not only Billingham who have been adding to their roster though as Warriors signed Tommy Ralph recently. Tommy has impressed in his two outings for Whitley to date and the former Hull Stingrays blue liner looks to be a promising young player who brings plenty of tenacity, pace and adaptability to Warriors defence.
Whitley’s next home game is on February 3 (5pm face off) when the Blackburn Hawks travel up to Tyneside. Warriors have not picked up a point against Blackburn so far this season however Whitley proved they could match Hawks for long periods of the last contest between the two sides so this game promises to be an extremely competitive match up between two sides who are eager to improve their current league positions.