First there were 10. Then there were eight. Now only four remain.
And the fact that Phantoms are among the quartet of teams, gearing up to battle for play-off glory as the English Premier League season comes to an exhilarating climax this weekend, is exactly why Lloyd Gibson couldn’t say no to their advances.
The speedy forward was enticed south from Sheffield last summer after previously playing all of his hockey in his home city.
Gibson is one of only three senior Phantoms players – import Ales Padelek and Craig Scott being the others – who were not involved in the play-off triumph of last term.
He does have experience of the finals though with both the Steeldogs and their predecessors, Sheffield Scimitars. But he is yet to get his hands on the trophy – and that’s something he would like to change in the coming days.
Gibson said: “Wanting to win silverware was one of the big reasons why I decided to join Peterborough.
“I’ve heard a lot about the play-off triumph last season from the guys and it would be brilliant to experience it for myself. I’ll certainly do all I can to try to make that happen.
“We will go to Coventry in confident mood, but we all know that anything can happen in one game.
“There will be a lot of pressure on us as holders, but the experience of last year for so many of the guys will be a big help.
“We’ve got to work as hard as we possibly can individually and collectively. If we come away being able to look at ourselves in the mirror and know we have given anything, we can’t ask for more than that.
“I think we’ve performed above a lot of people’s expectations already - including my own if I’m being honest.
“I thought we would finish third or fourth at best in the league, but we made it to second. We were also second-best in the cup final, so hopefully we can now go one better in the play-offs.”