Good critical of Whitley Warriors’ schedule

Daniel Good in action for Whitley Warriors. Picture by Colin Edwards.
Daniel Good in action for Whitley Warriors. Picture by Colin Edwards.

Whitley Warriors were without a fixture during the last week but they will be in action twice this weekend.

Simon Leach’s side take on Solway Sharks and Billingham Stars away from home in NIHL North Division 1.

Whitley will travel to Dumfries in the Scottish Borders to take on the Sharks on Saturday evening (face-off 7pm) before heading to Teesside on Sunday night for a game with local rivals the Stars that is set to get under way at 6.30pm.

Warriors are currently in sixth place in the standings with 15 points from 19 games.

If they were to finish the campaign in sixth they would have to take part in a relegation play-off game against the fourth placed side in the division below.

This scenario makes every one of their remaining five regular season games crucial to the entire Warriors organisation.

Long serving forward Daniel Good said the schedule the club was handed has not been ideal.

“The fixture scheduling this season has been a real problem,” he said.

“We have had just one game in three weeks and now we have five over the next three weeks.

“You can’t get any rhythm going and I’ve just not been properly match fit this season because no amount of training can replace actually playing in games out on the ice.

“We have two real tough away games coming up and it would be good to cause an upset.

“People have written us off at times this year but I know the great potential we have in our squad.

“It would be good to beat some of the top teams and prove what we are capable of.

“Hopefully we can avoid picking up injuries, have a full team available and start winning.

“I’m looking forward to the derby game against Billingham. It’s always good to get some points against your local rival.

“We haven’t played well the last two times we have met Stars, so hopefully we will raise our game and get the better of them.”

Warriors’ next home game is on Sunday, March 15, when sports fans from across the north east are encouraged to go to Hillheads to ‘Join the Tribe’ as Whitley look to get their biggest crowd of the season for a crucial match against the highly respected Solway Sharks.

The game will get under way at Warriors’ normal 5pm face-off time with doors opening half an hour earlier.

Tickets can be bought on the door and are priced at £8 for adults, £6 for children while a family ticket can be bought for £23.