Road warriors must use some ‘Yorkshire grit’

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Steeldogs boss Andre Payette is calling for some “Yorkshire grit” this weekend.

His side are away from their home comforts of iceSheffield, playing at Milton Keynes Lightning tomorrow and Telford Tigers on Sunday.

Dogs, who lost 5-2 to Peterborough Phantoms last weekend, will be hoping to improve on their fifth place in the EPL.Payette said: “After our recent successes at home, the next few games on the road will be a tough challenge for my young team, especially after last Sunday’s highly-physical loss.

“But we have been working hard in training and they will be ready to give their all as a team again with true Yorkshire grit, this coming weekend.”

Dogs take on MK for the fourth encounter this season, before moving to Telford for their fifth meeting with the Tigers on Sunday.

Steeldogs head both series, 2-1 and 3-1 respectively.

Steeldogs triumphed over Bracknell decisively last Saturday but got beaten into submission on Sunday by a physically punishing Peterborough.

That loss could provide Steeldogs with a good wake-up call to banish any complacency their recent run of success may have allowed to creep in. The same will apply on Sunday when they face last-placed Telford Tigers, who also took two hits last weekend, but who cannot be taken lightly despite sitting on the foot of the league, as Steeldogs have learned from previous tough encounters.

A spokesman said: “It is a tough mental and physical challenge this weekend when good teamwork and morale will be vital.” Steeldogs are back home on January 29.