Chris Arnone column: Glorious weekend means Blackburn Hawks are still hunting title (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Chris Arnone column: Glorious weekend means Blackburn Hawks are still hunting title
MAKE no mistake, the title is still in our sights.
We might be seven points off the top but with 11 games to go it is all to play for.
Crucially, we’ve hit a rich vein of form at the right time.
We’ve started to put the puck away, which is something we were struggling to do a couple of months ago, and we aren’t conceding many.
Fourteen goals for this weekend, and only one against, tells its own story.
We can only concentrate on what we are doing, but I think leaders Solway will start to drop a few points, and we’ve still got them to play twice more in the league – the second time on the final day of the season.
It is all set up for a grandstand finale.
But we can’t get carried away. We have to stay focused and keep doing all the right things to keep this great run going.
Our upturn in form, and the way we have started to punish teams is no surprise to me though.
It has been coming for a while, but results and performances couldn’t have improved at a better time.
We have been ruthless too, particularly on Sunday.
Billingham had a couple of players missing but you can only beat what’s in front of you and they’re still a good side and can punish you even without them.
But we restricted them to minimal chances and scored plenty ourselves.
So much so we were 9-1 up by the end of the second period and were able to see the third period out quite comfortably to conserve energy ahead of our game at Telford on Saturday, and cup meeting with Manchester Minotaurs on Sunday.
The goals were largely spread around over the course of the weekend, and there is a nice healthy competition among the players.
We have a full strength squad at the moment and people are fighting for their spots, which is good, because it keeps people on their toes. Everyone wants to play.
And on the back of a 5-0 home win over Whitley it’s probably one of the best weekends we’ve had this season.
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