SHEFFIELD Steelers will need to launch themselves on almost 100 per cent perfect winning streak if they are going to lift the League title this season.
It is improbable that they will do that - form lapses have left them nine points behind leaders Nottingham Panthers, with just a single game in hand.
Battling winger Jason Hewitt admits it is a tall order.
But the 29-year-old won’t rule his side out of the running until its mathematically impossible.
“It is obvious we are inconsistent,” says the British forward. “Our last match at Coventry Blaze, we were 3-1 up and then just threw it away.
“We made simple mistakes, a bad line change, for instance, led to a goal.
“And now that leaves us with nine points to make up. And yes, that’s a lot.
“It feels like we almost have to win every game from now until the end of the season if we are going to win the title.
“And that’s a big ask, because this is a good league with strong teams.
“And even when we have played against teams that we have been expected to beat, we haven’t blown them away,” said Hewitt.
“We have to be on our ‘A’ game every night. I understand how people on the outside think it is impossible - but I have to believe we can do it. Otherwise I am in the wrong place.”
Steelers, as a team, still seem to be evolving.
They have just made another signing, in ex Belfast and Nottingham playmaker Scott Champagne, who makes his debut against his former Irish employers tomorrow.