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Chris Arnone column: Blackburn Hawks need to take sting out of Sutton

Lancashire Telegraph: Blackburn Hawks star Chris Arnone Blackburn Hawks star Chris Arnone

IN conceding the least goals and scoring the most we have created a recipe for success in the second half of the season.

But we will have a test of our mettle this weekend, with the visit of Sutton Sting.

We are the form team in the division having both won our last six games.

Something might have to give this weekend, so it could all come down to whoever holds their nerve the best.

The momentum is with both of us but we can only concentrate on what we do and another four-point weekend in league and cup was well deserved.

Our win over Telford Titans on Saturday lifted us to second spot, albeit briefly. But it just goes to show the gaps between the teams are getting tighter so we cannot afford any slip-ups.

I had a watching brief due to suspension for picking up too many penalty points, but in all honesty, we were pretty complacent going into the games.

It’s not the right attitude to have but it’s hard not to get into that mindset when you’ve previously beaten those teams comfortably.

Our last game against Telford Titans finished in a 16-1 rout, so I think we went into that one a bit too casually and almost got shown up.

We took the lead, but at one point in the second period they were 5-4 up.

They had a few younger boys from the Tigers’ team in the EPL playing for them, including a netminder, so I think that gave them a boost.

The game opened up in the third though and we were able to kick on and win 10-6.

We are doing what player-coach Jared Owen wants us to – scoring goals and defending quite well.

We continue to challenge on two fronts too, being top of the table in the cup and a good win over Manchester Minotaurs under our belts.

We just need to win our last game in that competition against Solway to secure a place in the final come April.

Sunday proved a great night for James Riddoch, who stepped up from the Eagles to play, and came away with the man of the match award.

It’s good to get young lads coming through from Blackburn like myself and Ollie Lomax did, because it’s not happened for a few years. We’ve got a couple more lads training with us as well, so that bodes well for the future.

As far as the near future goes, Sunday is a massive game – for both teams.

If we win we go above Sutton in the table with games in hand on Billingham.

It’s tight at the top, and we need to stay in the pack.

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