Sheffield Steelers should beware of the banana skin this weekend.
That’s what club official Dave Simms believes as the side attempt to hold on to the Elite League top spot against Hull Stingrays.
Simms accepts that his side should take the scalp of the seventh-placed Yorkshire rivals - they play then home tomorrow and away on Sunday.
He says: “We have every right to be confident, the team is playing well at the moment and a few guys are coming back from injury.
“If we are going to make a challenge of this thing you would go into games against Hull not arrogantly thinking you’d just get the points but thinking you stand a very good chance, if we play well.
“They are a good side, they have won games recently, while they win at home they are perhaps not a team that does too well on the road.
“But when you play in that building their fans are vociferous, they come at you hard; that’s a tough place to go.
“We have come undone a couple of times in that building over the years. It’s a place you have to be fully focused but if not completely ready it is a hell of a banana skin.”
Teams residing in the lower reaches of the league don’t have the same depth of resources as those at the top” said Simms.
“Hull not as fortunate as we are. Everybody criticised Hull when they got rid of Sylvan Cloutier, but he took up such a big proportion of that budget that I think (owner) Bobby McEwan made a sensible move.
He has bought Omar Pacha in, he has bought a new edge to their team he is a very good player himself, as well as being a decent coach and I like their side better this year than in years gone by.”
n Braehead’s defeat by Edinburgh on Wednesday night meant Steelers remain a point clear but now with two games in hand over the Clan.