15th of February 2018
Weekend Preview - Tough challenges with Bees and Raiders aheadIt’s another busy weekend for the Sherfield School Basingstoke Bison as they face two more opponents on the quest for league success.
On Saturday the Herd take on local rivals the Bracknell Bees in another M3 derby. The Bees are a hard working team who’ve recently dropped out the top 5 of the table so will be looking to get back into that echelon. They come in off the back of a huge win over Swindon Wildcats.
Bison are looking to get back some of the injured players who missed out on last Sunday’s 9-0 win over Cardiff. After a tough schedule of games including the Autumn Cup Semi-Final Bison rested players for last Sunday and most are expected to return to the line up this weekend.
On Sunday the Bison are in Romford for their first game in the new Romford Ice Rink. Since returning “home” the Raiders have enjoyed success both on and off the ice. The Raiders are the side who deposed Bracknell from their top 5 position in the table and are a dangerous team to play on any night. The Herd were the last to visit the Raiders at Lee Valley and spoiled the final night for the Raiders by taking then full points then so are looking forward to their first visit to the new rink. Bison fans are encourage to book tickets in advance due to the likelihood of a sell out.
Sherfield School Basingstoke Bison Head Coach Doug Sheppard spoke on Saturday’s game; “We've got Bracknell on home ice on Saturday and they’re coming to us following a good weekend. They’ll be desperate to move back up the table and gain a good position for the play offs. We know we need to continue doing a lot of things that have made us successful.”
Looking at his second fixture of the weekend; “London have their new building, they’re playing well and recently turned Swindon over. We’ve had success against them previously because I think we out worked them. They are a good team, well organised and hard working and we know we can't take them for granted.”
He added; “We’ve been defending well, playing hard and doing good things. We need to carry that on with the league run in and a Cup Final we can’t lose focus on playing our own style of hockey and hopefully keep getting the results.”