Capital punishment the plan as Phantoms look for revenge

Will Weldon celebrates scoring against Invicta. Picture: Tom Scott
Will Weldon celebrates scoring against Invicta. Picture: Tom Scott
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Forward Will Weldon admits Phantoms will be out for payback when facing the team who ended their perfect start to the NIHL Division One South season.

The table-topping city side travel to London Raiders this Sunday (5.30pm) keen to avenge a 6-3 home loss at the hands of the same opponents just under a month ago

That success for London at Planet Ice is one of the results which highlights the gulf in quality between teams already at NIHL level and those who played in the English Premier League last season is diminishing.

Weldon accepts Phantoms have found things tough since the surprise setback against the Raiders with another league loss (to Milton Keynes Thunder) and a couple of cup defeats following in the weeks since.

But the assistant captain also senses that a return to free-scoring form is not far away as they head towards the mid-point of the campaign.

He said: “I know a lot of people expected the teams who were already in the NIHL to be a lot below the standard of those who played in the EPL last season.

“We are now seeing the gap between the two sets of teams is nowhere near as big as many seemed to think it would be.

“We approach every game in the same way and treat all opponents with the same amount of respect.

“We certainly don’t want to be dropping points against London. To be honest we owe them one after they ended our winning streak.

“We’ve not been in the best of form since that defeat, but we’re confident going into the game.

“It definitely won’t be easy though as they have a decent core of defenceman, some handy British forwards and one of the better imports at this level.

“Hopefully Euan (netminder, King) can play as well for us as he did against us when at London. He single-handedly kept them in it for parts of that game.

“If we continue to get in the amount of shots that we have done in recent games, we will blow a team away sooner rather than later. We just need a bit of luck and a few bounces to go our way.

“The goals were going in for fun earlier in the season and we’ve certainly got the talent and desire to get back on a run like that again.

“It’s been a tough spell lately, but we produced a really good bounce-back performance to beat Invicta last Sunday and hopefully we can now kick on again.”

Phantoms then face London again the following weekend – at Planet Ice on December 10 – in their final league game ahead of a hectic festive spell of four games in nine days – two against Swindon and two against Basingstoke.