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Preview – Peterborough Phantoms double header weekend!

Last week offered 4 vital points in 2 incredibly tough games.  Playing short benched and against gritty well organised teams was never going to be easy, but the hard work of the staff and players paid dividends. 

Onto this weekend and it is a double header against Peterborough.  We travel down to them on Saturday before they make the journey to us on Sunday. 

Having played the Phantoms in the pre-season, we have some idea of what to expect. The home pre-season fixture was a physical encounter that often spilt over. This is likely to continue this weekend as both teams look to build on the respective starts to the season.

The Phantoms currently sit 3rd in the table with 13 points from 10 games.  This double header weekend is the ideal opportunity for Pirates to start climbing the table and two wins this weekend will see us leapfrog Peterborough. 

 Peterborough have conceded the fewest goals so far this season with just 25 in 10 games.  This will be of no shock to Hull fans who saw Jordan Marr play in the early days of the Pirates and showed his quality throughout that time.  His 91.34% record this season shows no signs he has lost anything from his game.  The defence is bolstered at the back by Hull lad Scott Robson who adds experience to this defensive unit.

Offensively points have been spread amongst many players. Petr Stepanek leads goals and points with 8 goals and 5 assists for 13 points. He has been ably assisted by the other import Ales Padelek who has 6 goals and 5 assists for 11 points. Alongside these two players you have James Ferrara, Martin Susters and Will Weldon all with at least a point a game so far.  The risky strategy of signing all of last years roster again for this season looks like it is paying dividends as the Phantoms look to be a picture of consistency.

Pirates have started to make some changes given the statement made by owner Shane Smith the previous week. Sisslanikovs has departed after showing glimpses of some ability, but ultimately failing to make the impact he could or should have done. 

In comes the elite league player David Norris who looks to have very different style of play. He appears to have some good size and scored just under a point per game at elite level in an average MK lightning side.  Listening to some of the MK fans they are gutted to see him in green and black this season and not their own colours.  Lets hope this new import and a new style of player lifts us even further up the league!

Author: Dave Heath

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