Lovell relishing Deeside date with Racers

Sunday, 2nd November 2003

Following Sundays home win over the Cardiff Devils, Manchester Phoenix former Flintshire Freeze winger Marc ‘Larry’ Lovell is relishing Tuesday’s game against London in Deeside.

“Although I played with Telford last year,” said the quietly spoken Deesider, “I’m really looking forward to playing at Deeside again where I spent happy times with the Dragons and the Freeze. It’ll be good to play back there and hopefully a lot of the local hockey fans will come out to watch us.”

Phoenix switched the game against the London Racers to Deeside to help spread the word about Elite League ice hockey and to avoid fans missing out on the Bonfire Night celebrations, the original game date.

Deeside Leisure Centre is the training base for the Manchester Phoenix and a home from home for Lovell enjoying his first season in the top flight of domestic ice hockey. “It’s a great thrill to play for the Phoenix and a greater thrill still to be able to play a game in Deeside. All my family will be there and I think a lot of players who I grew up with will also come along. Hopefully, they’ll be supporting me and not booing me,” he laughed.

London come into the game without a win all season and Lovell knows the Phoenix will need to be on their mettle against the team propping up the Elite League standings. “We’ve beaten them twice so far, but the longer they go without a win, the greater the pressure not to be their first victim. We will have to go out a do a thoroughly professional job against them on Tuesday as they will have nothing lose against us.”

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