Another tough weekend for Phoenix

 Roundal_LeagueHomeMANCHESTER, UK – MANCHESTER Phoenix head into this weekend’s fixtures looking to regain some form. 

They suffered their sixth defeat in seven matches on Wednesday after they went down a 7-1 at Guildford.

 And it doesn’t get any easier as they travel on in-form Slough Jets on Saturday (6.30pm) before hosting Swindon Wildcats (Sunday 5.30pm). 

Coached by ex Manchester-forward Slava Koulikov the Jets have their sights set on a strong finish to the season.

 Greg Rockman is having a good year and with Pavel Gomeniuk and Adam Greener in front of him, the defence is starting to look more solid than earlier in the season.

 Goal scoring has come from top import Frantisek Bakrlik (39) and Darius Pliskauskas (28).

 Sunday’s match sees Swindon Wildcats visit the Dome for the last time in the regular season.

 Phoenix have won both fixtures at home and will have to repeat that feat if they want to stay in third place.

 Player-Coach Tony Hand said: “Wednesday night was a tough result for us and once again the lads gave me everything but the injuries are hurting us.

 “We still have a lot to play for and aim to finish as high up the league as we can. There is also our huge cup semi final against the Flames coming up and we will look to overturn their first leg lead and make our first EPL cup final.”

 Netminder Stephen Fone will miss the match after groin surgery.

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