Pressure on but we can get the job done says Weldon

Milan Baranyk battles for possession with Hull's Tommi Laine. Picture: Tom Scott
Milan Baranyk battles for possession with Hull's Tommi Laine. Picture: Tom Scott
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Forward Will Weldon reckons Phantoms will come into their own during the regular-season run in.

The city team have clawed their way back into second spot in the English Premier League after collecting 13 of a possible 14 points of late.

Phantoms sit only four points behind leaders Basingstoke and boast a game in hand and Weldon is confident they will handle the high-pressure conclusion to the campaign with 13 league games still ahead.

“We are the sort of team who can find a way to win a big game,” said Weldon.

“Whether that is down to playing attractive hockey or grinding it out, we can get the job done.

“We’ve always had the approach of the next game being the most important one and that is not going to change.

“It has served us well to focus on one fixture at a time and make sure we give absolutely everything each time we step onto the ice.

“When the time comes to go down the stretch in the next few weeks, we’ll be excited and raring to go.

“Being able to perform under the pressure in big games is a sign of a good hockey team and I fully expect us to be able to continue to pick up results.

“We have a team-first mentality with no players who are playing for themselves. Being a tight team is what brought us success last season and hopefully it will do the same again this year.”

Weldon is also enjoying his most impressive season in a Phantoms shirt.

His fifth campaign with the club is already his most productive thanks to 14 goals and the same number of assists.

But the 22 year-old is quick to insist that pleasing tally is as much a reflection on the quality around him as his own form.

He added: “Every forward is happy when he is racking up points and I’m no different.

“Playing with such good players is a huge help as you find yourself in good areas to score and can rely on the puck coming.

“It is not about individuals though. We need to focus on continuing to perform as a team to make sure the season ends with silverware.”

And Weldon’s performances have drawn praise from coach Slava Koulikov.

“Will is an excellent two-way player who works very hard on his game,” said the Phantoms chief.

“He has defensively responsibilities, but he has also impressed offensively and deserves the number of points next to his name.”