Warriors know the outcome of match

WHITLEY Warriors make the trip to the midlands to face the Solihulll Barons tonight for what will be their final English Hockey League game of the season.

WHITLEY Warriors make the trip to the midlands to face the Solihulll Barons tonight for what will be their final English Hockey League game of the season.

And they make the journey south knowing that whatever the outcome against the Barons this evening, they will finish runners-up to their table-topping neighbours Billingham Stars.

However, with their place in the play-offs secured, Warriors head coach and player Garry Dowd wants to keep the winning momentum going against the barons.

Especially as his side look to win the end-of-season play-offs for what would be a third consecutive time.

Dowd said: “We have had a very good season and are looking forward to the opportunity of bringing silverware back.

“Confidence is high among the squad and we will be looking to win against Solihull to carry the momentum forward to the play-offs.

“We want to end the league season with a victory.”

And Dowd revealed that his place in the Warriors starting line-up was still very much hanging in the balance as he still tries to recover from a virus which forced him off the ice in last week’s 8-7 triumph over the Sheffield Spartans.

Dowd said: “At the moment I’m not to sure if I will play. I am 50-50 but of course I would love to play if I felt well enough.”

Whitley Warriors are unbeaten in 11 games and will go into the match with Solihull as firm favourites to take maximum points ahead of next Saturday’s play-off first leg against Blackburn Hawks.

 

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