Weekend off for Whitley Warriors as Halloween party time nears

New signing Shaun Kippin.
New signing Shaun Kippin.

Whitley Warriors did not have a fixture last weekend, so David Longstaff and his squad have been busy preparing for their next match, an away fixture against Sutton Sting on Sunday at Ice Sheffield.

Warriors have started the season in superb form and currently sit second in the NIHL North division one standings, with 11 points from the six games they have played to date.

Warriors player-coach David Longstaff has been in superb form since he pulled on the maroon-and-gold shirt once more as the experienced forward has been able to pick up 14 points in six league games.

Other Whitley players scoring regularly include flying winger Callum Watson, experienced forward DJ Good and recent signing Shaun Kippin.

And it is not just the forwards who have been at the top of their game as starting netminder Richie Lawson has put in a number of fine displays, and Whitley’s new-look defensive line up have also impressed observers with their solidity and know-how.

Above Warriors in the NIHL North Division 1 standings are last season’s champions, Blackburn Hawks.

Danny Mackriel’s side have won every league game they have taken to the ice in. Whitley do not face Blackburn until early December, but then the two in-form sides in the division face each other four times in just over a month.

This hectic spell of games will no doubt be crucial to each side’s championship and play-off ambitions come the end of the current campaign.

Whitley’s next home game is on Sunday, October 25,for the first Tyne-Tees derby of the season as Billingham Stars visit for what should be a feisty clash. Face-off is scheduled for 5pm, with tickets priced at £8.50 for adults and £6.50 for juniors.

 Warriors are holding a Halloween party on Friday, November 6, at 7.30pm at 42nd Street in Whitley Bay.

There will be a fancy-dress competition, with prizes for the best adult and best child, a disco, trick-or-treat bags for kids and party games.

Tickets are £3 for adults, and children under 16 get in free of charge, though it is strictly adults only from 10pm.