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Hawks out for revenge
BLACKBURN Hawks are out for revenge on Sunday as they look to maintain their unbeaten start to the English Ice Hockey League Division One campaign.
Jared Owen’s men have started the season in fine form but entertain highly-fancied Solway on Sunday looking to recover from their cup exit to them a fortnight ago.
Solway themselves have enjoyed a winning start to the season, in both league and cup, but coach Owen believes their match against them earlier in the season can only give them confidence.
He said: “They scored the winning goal with just 28 seconds remaining. The game could not have been any tighter at all.
“Solway, along with Billingham, have been tipped by many to win the league this season and we showed against them exactly what we are capable of.
“Obviously we were devastated to lose it in that way but I think it filled us all with belief going into the rest of the season.
“We had a good break from action last weekend and are all ready to go now. We have started well and still think we can get better.”
Hawks endured a summer of uncertainty after seeing a number of last season’s stars quit the club and a few lower league players joining their ranks.
But, having started the season better than some expected, Owen believes belief is now surging through the club.
He said: “I think a few people saw the players leave us and started to think we could struggle.
“Myself and Danny didn’t think that. We have always been very confident of what we are capable of and the start of the season has only reinforced that belief.
“What our performance against Solway two weeks ago did was show the crowd that we have some very good players and that we still have a good team.
“Don’t get me wrong, Sunday will be a very tough game. We know if we don’t play to our standards we will lose.”