Triple crown next target for Tigers after EPL title win

Triple crown next target for Tigers after EPL title win

Tigers Head Coach Tom Watkins will target a triple crown of English Premier League trophies, after his side won their first title in 27 years.

Saturday’s 5-4 victory over Peterborough Phantoms confirmed Telford’s status as champions, with Sunday’s  7-1 win at home to Basingstoke taking on the form of a title celebration.

The Tigers must now prepare for next month’s British Challenge Cup final encounter with Manchester Phoenix, before rounding off the season with the play-offs at Coventry.

Both trophies remain well within Telford’s reach and Watkins believes his side can secure an historic treble.

He said: “I am sure it will sink in eventually, but at the moment it is just a fantastic feeling. It has been building up all week, so I am really pleased that we took the league with a win.

“A couple of the players have said this is the first of three trophies, and that is very much where we are at the moment.”

“It’s been five years of really hard work and I’m really happy for the guys who were here in the trust years, like Scott McKenzie ad Nathan Salem.

“They’ve all raised their game and that is what this club is all about.”

McKenzie was Telford’s top forward in Peterborough with two goals, while Peter Szabo, Joe Miller and Nathan Salem also chipped in with crucial strikes.

On Sunday, meanwhile, Joe Miller (2), Danny Rose, McKenzie, Dan Davies, Peter Szabo and Nathan Salem were the scorers, amid a party atmosphere at Telford Ice Rink.

Watkins added: “It’s more a feeling of a relief at the moment, rather than elation. It is great to see the boys celebrating, and that is what I like to see.

“They’ve worked really hard to get here and have had a lot of pressure this year. The one thing we do as a team is work hard and if we do that every night, we’ll be very hard to beat.”

The Tigers return to action next weekend, when they host Peterborough Phantoms on Saturday night, while Sheffield Steeldogs are the visitors on Sunday.

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Wayne Scholes, Tom Watkins and Paul Thomason celebrate