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Mets: 2 and 1 Back to Back Weekend

Thursday, 15th March 2012

The final two weekends' matches in the English National League promise to be highly competitive with all but Solihull's unenviable position undecided.

Over the coming weekend the Metros can have a big hand in deciding where the title will go. On Saturday we entertain the second-placed team: The Whitley Warriors. The Warriors are three points behind the leaders, the Billingham Stars and will be more than keen to take the both points from Saturday's game in the Dome. Injuries will mean that the Metros will certainly still be without Si Mills and, more than likely, Jake Nurse.

The Mets expect to ice current Phoenix U16s' captain Sheldon Cassidy. The U16s are undefeated this season. Sheldon doesn't appear to be fazed by being thrown into such a tough weekend. We're all looking forward to these appearances in a Metros' shirt as precursors to many more.

Saturday should be good old-fashioned, passionate ice hockey with both sides determined to get the win. As always, please do come along to cheer the lads on; there's only one more home game after this! The Dome doors open on Saturday at 4.30pm for a 5.15pm face off.

On Sunday, the Metros track Whitley back up the A1 to Teesside to face current holders of the league's pole position, the Billingham Stars. The Forum is a difficult place to visit, the Stars' home record is singularly impressive having only lost to the Warriors and, strangely, relegation play-off candidates, the Nottingham Lions.

The Prohockey News website picked its All Stars ENL team last week. The Metros have two players in these two lines: Max Drakeley and Jamie Rogerson. The Warriors have four players nominated: DJ Good, Kevin Bucas, Shaun Kippin and, no stranger to Phoenix fans, Dean Holland. Billingham has two nominees: netminder James Flavell and d-man Dave Thomas. Out of the 10 non-Metros players six will be icing against us over the weekend!

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