Sheffield Steeldogs target Blackburn repeat show against Leeds Chiefs

SHEFFIELD STEELDOGS' player-coach Ben Morgan is looking forward to a second visit to Blackburn in as many weeks as his team look to inflict further misery on ‘hosts’ Leeds Chiefs.

By Phil Harrison
Saturday, 16th November 2019, 11:04 am
Updated Saturday, 16th November 2019, 11:30 am
Brodie Jesson battles for possession against Sheffield's Thomas Relf  at Blackburn two weeks ago.   Picture by Cerys Molloy.
Brodie Jesson battles for possession against Sheffield's Thomas Relf at Blackburn two weeks ago. Picture by Cerys Molloy.

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The two Yorkshire teams have met three times already in NIHL National season, the Steeldogs prevailing twice with the second win coming in Lancashire on November 3 in a 6-3 triumph.

The Chiefs – hosting in Blackburn for a second time while they wait for their Elland Road rink to be completed – go into the game looking to end a four-game losing streak, while Morgan’s team are looking to return to winning ways after a 3-1 home reverse against Milton Keynes Lightning last Sunday.

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“We’re starting to get an understanding and a flavour as to how Leeds play, what special teams they might have and how they might breakout, things like that,” said Morgan.

“Sammy is working under difficult circumstances. We enjoyed playing up at Blackburn the other week and going there again is a chance to repeat that first result.

“Playing two nights on the bounce means a lot will depend on the first game - if you execute and get the result then you look to do more of the same. But if it doesn’t pay off, then it’s frustrating and even more of a challenge, like we had last time Leeds visited us.”

The two teams first met in the curtain-raising fixture to the new NIHL National division season back on September 15, with Morgan's host team prevailing 3-1.

The Chiefs gained revenge the following month when a standout performance performance from netminder backed them to a 3-2 win at the same Ice Sheffield venue before the Steeldogs hit back to ensure Leeds got off to a losing start at 'home' when winning in Blackburn two weeks ago.

Leeds will be desperate to take something from at least one of the two games, if only to keep in touch with Raiders IHC and Milton Keynes Lightning who currently sit three points above them in the NIHL National standings.

For tickets to tonight's 'home' game at Blackburn between Leeds Chiefs and Sheffield Steeldogs head HERE

Sheffield Steeldogs' player-coach, Ben Morgan. Picture courtesy of Cerys Molloy.