League leaders Billingham Stars are the vistors to the Altrincham Ice Dome this Saturday, facing a reinvigorated Trafford side whose confidence was boosted by last weekend's solid performance against Blackburn Hawks.
Despite their dominance at the top of the league, Stars have only won one of their last four games, a record Mets will be keen to extend. Significantly, the north east outfit lost both of their recent road-games at Telford and Blackburn, and dropped a point at home to local rivals Whitley Warriors. Metros, meanwhile, returned to form in their pulsating match against the Hawks. With no new injury worries, Mets hope their increasing self-belief will help them claim their first points from Billingham this campaign.
After Saturday's match against the league leaders, a long trip North to play second placed Whitley Warriors awaits on Sunday. Mets skated off with a solid, and somewhat unexpected, 6 - 2 win against the Warriors in Altrincham earlier this season. Now, with Telford and Blackburn both piling on points, Whitley will be desperate to cement their threatened league position with a dose of revenge. Metros will have a very different perspective. With an eye firmly on the playoffs, Mets need every point they can muster to keep their target within reach.
It promises to be a scintillating weekend of National League ice hockey. Get your slice of the action by supporting Trafford Metros on Saturday at the Altrincham Ice Dome. Face off against the Billingham Stars is at 5.15pm.