TITLE challengers Whitley Warriors welcome the Billingham Stars to Hillheads tomorrow with a revenge mission firmly in their sights.
Billingham are five points clear of the Warriors on 30 points and are the league’s most prolific side with 84 goals to their name this season.
The Warriors suffered a 7-2 defeat in Billingham earlier this season and head coach Garry Dowd is keen to hit back at the table toppers.
He said: “It is a big challenge as they are a physical side but it is one we can deal with.
“They beat us earlier on this season so we will be looking to exact revenge. Nothing would please me more than to give them a defeat as an early Christmas present.”
Warriors coach Dowd is a former Stars player and still lives in Billingham, and several members of his squad are ex-Telewest Arena players.
He feels his squad are better prepared to deal with the threat posed by the league leaders.
Dowd added: “Last time we played them we had a few players who had not had time to settle in, but the new guys we brought in have integrated well into the team and become key players.
“We also have Harry Harley and Christian Johnson available again after they were on international duty last weekend. We will be able to match them both physically and skilfully.” Both teams come into the game following convincing victories in last weekend’s National League North action.
The Warriors comfortably disposed of Nottingham Lions 7-0, whilst Billingham were 4-1 winners at home to Trafford Metros.
Dowd said: “It will be adifferent game from last weekend, but I believe it will be a great match, one you would expect from the top two sides in the league.
“The guys will be going out there looking for payback for the 7-2 defeat.”
Tickets for the game are £7.50 for adults, £5.50 for under-16s and £22 for a family ticket. Face-off at Hillheads is at 5pm.