Warriors looking to pull away from relegation play-off zone

Whitley Warriors' netminder Richie Lawson playing against Blackburn Hawks last December. Picture by Colin Edwards
Whitley Warriors' netminder Richie Lawson playing against Blackburn Hawks last December. Picture by Colin Edwards

Whitley Warriors had a weekend off from their NIHL North division one programme as Simon Leach’s side were not scheduled to take to the ice in competitive action.

Their next game is this coming Sunday when they take on the Blackburn Hawks at Hillheads in a game that faces-off at 5pm.

Warriors will have to be at their best to come away with a positive result from the match with Blackburn as they have not lost a league match this season and were crowned NIHL North champions on Sunday evening when they got the better of the Sheffield Spartans 5-2 and other results went their way.

Whitley will be without skipper Jamie Tinsley as he is unavailable for the game while Paul Matthews is also likely to be ruled out as he aggravated his ankle problem when he returned to training recently after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

But Warriors are hopeful that Richie and Alex Lawson will both be fit to ice against Hawks.

Richie Lawson missed their last NIHL North game against Sutton Sting due to a knee injury while Alex Lawson had to leave that game after he took a heavy blow to the head in the early stages of the contest.

The availability of the Lawson brothers would be a timely boost as Warriors look to move away from sixth place in the standings as ending the season in that position would mean they have to take part in a relegation play-off match against the side who finishes fourth in NIHL North division two for the right to compete in the top division next season.