Sample close to Hillheads return as Warriors have free weekend

Whitley Warriors had no fixtures last weekend, which was the last thing the club and head coach Simon Leach wanted after his side took three points from their two games the previous week against Manchester Minotaurs and Telford Titans.

Warriors currently occupy fifth place in the NIHL North standings with seven points from their five games to date.

However, the break away from competitive action at least means that new signing power forward Ryan Sample could well be match fit for the next game at home to the Sutton Sting on Sunday, October 20, with a 5pm face-off at Hillheads Ice Rink.

Leach said: “Ryan is working away in Scotland at the minute, however, he’s going to be training up there in Glasgow so we’ll keep in touch with him and see how he’s doing.”

Sample is itching to get back into action after two years away from competitive hockey and his physical approach could well help Warriors pick up positive results in their next few fixtures when they take on Sutton Sting, Manchester Minotaurs, Billingham Stars and Solway Sharks.

Warriors are hopeful that they could have a full roster to chose from for the home game against Sting on October 20 in what promises to be a thrilling encounter between two of the top sides in the Moralee Conference.

During the close season Sutton were tipped by many to be likely challengers for NIHL North honours this term, however, since the campaign has got under way they have struggled for form and Ian Johnson’s side have only won one of the four league games they have played.