The Nottingham Lions face another stern test on Sunday evening as local rivals Sheffield Senators are the visitors to the National Ice Centre (7.30pm).


“Toe to toe” – Michael Rose and Sheffield’s Oli Knell exchange blows in last season’s 7-5 win for Nottingham.

Matt Bradbury’s side come in to the game in fine form, on the back of three consecutive victories against Coventry, Solihull and Widnes, respectively.

Contrastingly, the Senators have endured a difficult start to their campaign, losing their first four games before finally picking up two points against Blackburn on the 6th October.

Last weekend saw Sheffield claim a hard-earned 2-2 draw at home to Coventry and it seems they may have finally kick-started their season and are beginning to show the kind of form which made them genuine promotion contenders last season.

The Lions came out the victors in both games between the two sides at the NIC during their 2012/13 campaign, October saw the Lions twice come from behind to win 7-5, thanks to four Joe Wightman goals and an Ollie Betteridge hat-trick. Two-months later Nottingham made it a double over their nearest rivals, finding themselves on the right end of a 4-1 scoreline, thanks to a brace from Wightman and single strikes from Mikey Rose and Christy Johnson-Brown.

The Lions have no fresh injury or suspension worries as Neil Adams returns to their line-up after missing out on last weekend’s win. Canadian Chris Allen, American Luke Branin and Pole Slawomir Kasprzak will all be jostling for the two available import spaces.

Sunday night’s game promises to be a fantastic end to a great few days for the sport in the city, so get yourself down to the NIC for a big local derby between two sides who will be giving their all in order to gain the local bragging rights and claim the two valuable points on offer.

The Lions experience represents great value for money – ticket prices start from just £2.50 and with the Panthers’ last Continental Cup game finishing just before the Lions’ face off, there really is no better time to come down and help roar the boys on to victory.

Matchday Ticket Prices:

Adults: £5.00

Children (under 16) & OAP’s: £3.00

Students (with NUS card): £2.50

Panthers Season Ticket Holders: £3.00
(Must show Panthers season ticket)

Tickets can can be bought on game nights or can be booked in advance by ringing 0843 373 3000 between 9am and 9pm Monday to Sunday or by visiting the National Ice Centre Box Office in person between 8am -9pm Monday to Sunday.

Tickets are available for collection only and all major credit & debit cards are accepted.

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Saturday, 19 October 2013.