Fury hoping to tame Pitbulls

PUBLISHED: 09:18 29 March 2013

Romford Fury

Romford Fury


Rearranged fixture on Easter Sunday

Romford Fury are expecting a tough test when they face Bristol on Sunday.

The game is to be played in Solihull due to Bristol not having a home rink this season, which has led to many fixture changes throughout the campaign.

But the Pitbulls, coached by Richie Hargreaves, have proved dark horses in National League Division Two, despite only playing 15 matches to date.

They sit down in the table at present, but if league leaders Oxford have a big hiccup, they could still win the league.

After gaining only two draws from their opening six games, Bristol have gone on a nine-game winning streak and they will not want that to end against Romford, who skated to an 8-6 win over Invicta in their last-ever match at Rom Valley Way last weekend.

Their last meeting with the Pitbulls ended in a stalemate in October, when Fury scored four goals in five minutes and levelled in the closing seconds to earn a 6-6 draw.

But head coach Simon Kears said: “We’re massively under strength for the Bristol game due to the rearrangement, but it gives some of our younger guys a chance to show they can compete at this level.

“Bristol are going for the league so it’s always going to be tough, but if we take our chances and defend like we do it’s going to be a close battle.”

Fury player-coach Lee Mercer added: “Bristol will be tough, they will want to get up that table as far as possible which for a team that has had no place to call home this year is impressive just like the hockey they play.

“They’re a well organised team. The game will be in a neutral venue though so let us just hope the Easter bunny has put the eggs in our basket come Sunday night!

“We’re going with a short bench due to it being a rearranged fixture which has hurt us more than them because we’ll have guys away who have made plans with their families.

“It’s time for the kids who have already done a great job for us this year to stand up and be counted.”

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