Taking-off for a real dog-fight

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Kalcrest Sheffield Steeldogs aim to stand and deliver as they face yet another tough double-header weekend against title contenders Slough Jets.

They travel to Slough on Saturday eager to gain revenge for their last trip down there when they suffered a 4-1 defeat before the return at iceSheffield 24 hours later (5.30pm face off).

It’s made more difficult for the Steeldogs as Saturday’s clash is a league game but with both teams needing the two points on Sunday to help their progression into the EPL Cup semi-finals, a slot the Sheffield side have missed out on since 2007-8 season, when, ironically, they lost out to Slough in the semi-finals.

Needless to say, Sunday’s game will be a dog-fight as Jets sit in the unusual position of being a point below Sheffield in the Cup table but one place and two points above them in the league.

Andre Payette is mindful of the quality of the Jets but has nothing but praise for his ‘hard-working’ team: “I’m very proud of my resilient team, with its ‘never-say-die’ attitude. I’m expecting another tremendous effort from the guys and hoping for two points from Sunday.”

Tickets are available on the door from 4.30pm on Sunday. Prices: Adult £9, Concession £6.50, Child £3.50, Under-8 free, Family £20.

Steeldogs came out of their difficult away double-header last weekend with two points after a 3-2 defeat in Milton Keynes followed by a last-gasp victory in Telford.

Janis Ozolins put them ahead at Milton Keynes Lightning and although the home side equalised Greg Wood restored Steeldogs advantage. Lightning levelled it up once more and then took the lead for the first just before the second break and held on to take the points.

Steeldogs shipped two early goals at Telford but hit back to level through strikes from Greg Wood and Edgars Bebris. Tigers went ahead once more only for Woods to make it 3-3. The home side grabbed another goal but Lloyd Gibson replied and then Woods completed his hat-trick at 56.33. Payette topped it off with the final strike two minutes later to give his side a 6-4 victory.

For more details on the Steeldogs go to www.sheffieldsteeldogs.co.uk