Search

Lee Valley Lions face an unknown prospect in Solent Devils

PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 October 2017

Coach George Alley on the bench (Pic: Phil Hutchinson)

Coach George Alley on the bench (Pic: Phil Hutchinson)

Archant

Lee Valley Lions George Alley admits it will be an unknown for his side as they face Solent Devils this weekend.

The Lions travel down to Gosport on Saturday (5pm face-off) and will be desperately hoping to pick up their first league points of the 2017/18 NIHL South Two season.

The Devils dropped down from the NIHL South One this off-season with all the league changes and are expected to be in and around the title race.

“We haven’t played at Gosport in a long time, I’ve been back there with the London Raiders but I don’t think any of my team have been there since they were last in the same league as us,” Alley said.

“For my players it’s a bit of an unknown but I think they’ll be very disciplined and to counter that we have to match them physically.”

Coach Alley heaped praise of how the club has moved on since last being in the NIHL Two and has even pin pointed them as dark horses this season.

“They’re a much better team than the one that went up to NIHL1 with a vastly experienced squad, and they may be disappointed with their loss to Peterborough last week.

“I still make them dark horses for the league if they can get a run of wins and top the other teams in the upper half of the league.”

The former Lions goalie believes they’re a strong outfit with many strengths, but believes his side can shut them down, and should be use to the small rink from their off-season training at the Sobell Leisure Centre.

“When I saw them in NIHL1 they were patient and made good use of their power-play opportunities, but this was when they were regularly playing against much more fancied teams.

“Obviously Drew Campbell playing in a small rink is a big goal scoring threat, we have the make sure we cut off his service from players like Alex Murray and Richard Facey.

“I do think we can turn them over.

“We should take note of our summer playing in Sobell and try to use it as an advantage, but I realise I come across as a broken record when I say we have to be ready to play from the first puck drop, not when the game is already 10 minutes in.”

Latest East London Sports News

Chicharito scores vital equaliser as the points are shared at the London Stadium

11:08

Leyton Orient’s match against Halifax Town has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.

The O’s will be without Joe Widdowson, Jamie Sendles-White and possibly Charlie Grainger for the clash at the Shay

Yesterday, 15:56

Jamie Porter will make his second trip of the winter to the Desert Springs Resort this weekend keen to make up for lost time with the Lions.

Yesterday, 14:00

In an article from our ‘Year in Sport’ pull-out, we look back on how our Mile End Stadium clubs fared in 2017 and what the next 12 months holds for them

Yesterday, 13:00

West Ham United entertain Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday, looking for a third straight win in all competitions.

Yesterday, 11:00

In an article from our ‘Year in Sport’ pull-out, the talented opener looks ahead to the new County Championship Division One season and reveals his target

Yesterday, 09:30

Newham youngster is off to the Gold Coast for biggest meeting of her life

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now