Preview – Basingstoke Bison 24/11/19

3 points from 4 allowed Pirates to maintain 5th spot in the league last week. A solid 6-4 win at home against Peterborough was followed by a shootout loss in Bracknell. Not an easy place to go and take points yet I’m sure the players and coaches will have felt they could’ve had both points.

Onto this week and it is the turn of Basingstoke Bison to visit the arena. Bison sit 2 points clear of us going into this weekend and in 3rd place. Again this has the potential to be a cracker of a game.

Offensively the Bison look to have a handful of players who look to offer some threat. Old head Ashley Tait tops the pile with 22 points in 15 games however only 7 of these are goals. Leading goalscorer is currently young Brit Alex Sampford who has 11. He is closely followed by Michal Klejna with 11 goals and a total of 20 points. Other than this they have lots of points spread out amongst a few players.

At the back they seem to be capable of switching keepers without fuss. Both Alex Mettam and Daniel Weller-Evans appear to have played a number of games each. Metal posting an 87.7% save percentage and Weller-Evans a 91% save percentage. At the back they have Hull boy Tom Ralph who looks to have added the ability to put some points onto his steady at the back game. Adam Jones looks an offensive option in D and offers some more potency going forward.

This could be a much sought after 4 point weekend. Away to Leeds on Saturday, although with no sign of the new arena in Leeds being completed we travel to Blackburn. This followed by a home fixture against the Bison could offer us a chance to climb the table. We are starting to look like a team capable of challenging for places nearer the top rather than the middle. The addition of Chalmers and return of Chilly make us look more solid in defense. The form of Hewitt, Bonner, Chamberlain and recently Towner going forward looks like all areas are clicking into action.

This being said concentration and consistency will be just as important over the coming weeks and months. If the team can eradicate unforced or individual errors we could be a destructive force to play against.

By Dave Heath
Hull Pirate Media