Andre in confident mood against top dogs

Proud: Andre Payette

Proud: Andre Payette

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SHEFFIELD Steeldogs will test themselves against the league’s top dogs this weekend.

They host Slough Jets on Sunday (5.30pm) after travelling back from the first leg in Berkshire the previous day.

On the previous trip to the Hangar, Steeldogs went down 4-1, a Cup result they will be keen to avenge.

Saturday’s away game is just for league points but Sunday’s League/Cup match will be a dog-fight for two points for both teams as Slough are in the unusual position of being one point below Sheffield in the Cup.

There are also several teams biting at each other’s heels in this year’s close Cup table. Jets however, sit one place above Steeldogs in the league table by two points.

Player coach Andre Payette is mindful of the top quality of the Jets’ team.

But he says: “I am very proud of my hard-working and resilient team, with its ‘never-say-die’ attitude which has brought us back in a few third periods to win the game. I am expecting another tremendous effort from the guys and am hoping for two points from Sunday.”

Dogs had a warm-up yesterday after offering the GB Under 20s a challenge game to help with their preparations for the World Under 20s Championships in Bavaria this month.

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