Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Warriors Hit by Thornton Blow on Eve of Play-Off

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Warriors Hit by Thornton Blow on Eve of Play-Off

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Byline: DAVID HALL

WHITLEY Warriors finally get to play their English National Ice Hockey League North play-off final this weekend.

They go to Coventry on Saturday before hosting the Midland outfit at Hillheads 24 hours later in the second leg.

Coach Simon Lech said: "It is a far from ideal situation.

"However, that is the way things have panned out and we will be looking to retain the trophy against a very good Coventry side."

Leach has suffered a blow ahead of the game with experienced defender Ritchie Thornton ruled out because of knee ligament damage.

While he acknowledges the former Billingham player will be a miss, the Warriors' coach backs his side to cope.

He added: "We are going to miss his experience, on and off the ice, but we have been without Ritchie before and come through tough games, so I would expect everyone to step up."

Although it is a month since Whitley beat Blackburn Hawks in their semi-final, they had to wait for Coventry and Nottingham Lions to finish their tie and have kept themselves busy with extra training sessions. …

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