Finnerty rings the changes to spark goal rush

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SHEFFIELD Steelers hope back to back home games this coming weekend will kick-start some goals from two of their attacking formations.

While the Legue-Ramsay-Clark first line is firing on all cylinders, some of the other forwards haven’t been so fortunate. Coach Ryan Finnerty is to “freshen” the lines by swapping Ashley Tait and Colt King on the second and third lines.

Tait has yet to hit the mark in six outings, but will fancy his chances against Hull and Fife on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Lee Esders, Warren Tait and Tom Squires are also in the market for their first strike.

Injured skipper Jonathan Phillips recognises the depth of Steelers’ squad is not as big as last year, with teams one import down and Rob Dowd now at Belfast Giants. “Every team is having to adjust to the loss of an import,” he said. “Everyone would love to have Dowdy on their line up but he’s gone. We are lucky to have Warren and Lee.”

Colt King has two league goals to show and Phillips hopes the winger can now add to that. “He has surprisingly good hands for a big guy and shoots well, his stats shows he has scored goals in every league. He shows good composure in front of the net. If you play him with the right players he is going to hurt teams. He finishes his hits too.”

Phillips has undergone an operation on his knee following a controversial hit from Dundee d-man Chris Zarb but said he appreciated his rivals’s attempts to apologise. “He rang me saying it wasn’t malicious and after watching the video I know it was just clumsy. The MCL snapped clean off the bone and I’ve got six weeks in a brace and another eight weeks in rehab. It is frustrating but fair play to the guy for contacting me.”