BLACKBURN Hawks will look to finish the league season on a high with a double header this weekend - while also making life in the play-offs a little easier.

Steve Duncombe's side are seventh heading into the final weekend of the regular season, but wins at home to Billingham Stars tonight (5.45pm) and at Solihull Barons tomorrow (6pm) could yet see them leapfrog Whitley Warriors into sixth.

That would mean a play-off showdown with Telford Tigers next weekend, a side they have beaten twice this term, but a seventh place finish would mean a clash with Hull Pirates or Sheffield Steeldogs, who are vying for the title this weekend.

"We've had an up and down season with injures and form, it's been a tough year, but I'd be happy to make sixth," said Duncombe.

"It would make it a bit easier in the play-offs as well. I think I'd rather play Telford than Sheffield or Hull.

"I fully expect us to beat Billingham and I'd be upset if we don't turn Solihull over. We haven't beaten them once this year, we need to put that record straight because we've always done well against them in the past."

The Hawks were beaten by Hull Pirates and Sheffield Steeldogs last weekend, with those two and Telford occupying the top three spots in the league as expected after they dropped down a level this season.

But two wins this weekend could spark some crucial momentum for the Hawks.

"We've been playing better hockey recently, we just haven't had the manpower, injuries have really taken their toll," added Duncombe.

"We need to get as much momentum as we can going into the play-off weekend because it plays a massive role, when it comes to the play-offs everyone picks their game up a little bit.

"We've taken points of all three, the only team we've not beaten is Sheffield. We took them to overtime and it's always been close with them.

"With Hull we've beaten them but we've had some real lessons off them as well. Telford have only really got one line and if we can shut that down I believe we can progress. With Hull they've got a team that if they show up on the night they're a really, really tough team to beat."