Thomason wants full house for Tigers charge

Thomason wants full house for Tigers charge

Tigers General Manager Paul Thomason has targeted a sell-out at Telford Ice Rink, after the biggest crowd of the season watched his side go 11 points clear at the top of the English Premier League.

Sunday night’s 6-2 victory over reigning EPL champions Manchester Phoenix mirrored Saturday’s win, by the same scoreline, in the return game at Altrincham.

Those successes mean Telford are now rated as favourites to lift their first league title since 1988 – and Thomason, who played in that original squad, wants a full-house before the end of the season.

He said: “It was fantastic to see so many people give us the support we needed against Manchester tonight.

“It was just over twelve months ago that the Phoenix were lifting the title, ironically after a game against us.

“So to build such a big lead in the table, and in front of such a large crowd, was a great way to end the year.

“The next target is to fill up the rink. At the moment, we are only a few hundred away from that target, so it is definitely achievable.

“With a little bit more noise from the fans, we could make Telford Ice Rink a real fortress.”

Captain Jason Silverthorn was the star of the weekend, with five goals over the two games – his third
hat-trick of the season so far.

Results elsewhere mean Guildford are now Telford’s closest challengers, with the two sides due to play each other home and away on the final weekend of the regular season.

Thomason added: “I remember the days when we had 2,500 fans in Telford Ice Rink, especially when we won the old Division One title.

“We can’t fit that many in the rink these days, but we can certainly create a similar atmosphere with a sell-out crowd.”

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  • Paul Morris

    The Tigers Fans were very quiet this weekend, despite the fact they have something to cheer about! If they want to do as the GM desires and create a real fortress then they need to up the volume! Players respond better to a screaming crowd, fans have a better experience and new fans will want to come back! So lets scream it loud and proud at our next home game!!