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HOME-grown Sheffield ice hockey starlet Matt Towe starts his Elite Legue career on Saturday - but playing against the Steelers.

Monday, 3rd September 2007, 2:13 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th September 2007, 10:22 am

The winger debuts in serious competiton for Cardiff Devils at his home-city Arena - and he won't let himself down.

That's according to his ex-coach, Neil Abel, who was disappointed, but a realist, about 19-year-old Towe leaving EPL side Sheffield Scimitars.

"I made him a good offer to stay with us and I would have liked the opportunity to speak to him before he signed," said Abel.

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"But if a player is going to better himself somewhere, I would never hold them back.

"He could do with a bit of weight on him, but he'll do all right. Gerad (Adams) will coach him well there, but it remains to be seen whether he will get what he has been promised, regular ice time on the third line."

Scimitars' Ben Morgan and Robert Dowd both had outstanding games for Steelers when they guested last weekend.

Don't they wish they'd made the same leap?

"The boys like playing up (Elite League) when they can and when there is a midweek game they will be available. But they are Scimitars players and we have a league to try and win this year, to," Abel said.

He thinks Steelers will have a better chance of league success this year, despite seeing Scimitars holding them to a draw last Wednesday.

"I watched them train and play on Saturday and they looked much better. Jeff Legue has a hell of a shot, he could have killed our goalie with one attempt he had!"

Steelers host Cardiff on Saturday, (7pm) while Scimitars are at home on Sunday to Swindon (5.30pm).

Steelers

have printed 100,000 fixture cards and are delivering them to homes in the Sheffield area.

Winger Jason Hewitt, who helped post a few dozen, said: "All the players are looking forward to the new year and it is always a lot better playing in a full building with the fans behind us.

"We didn't have any objections giving up a few hours hitting the road delivering the fixture cards. Hopefully many of the people we met will want to come and see us on Saturday."