EPL: Plans come to fruition as Sheffield Steeldogs finally tame Telford Tigers

DEFENCEMAN Tim Smith admitted Sheffield Steeldogs were thrilled at finally getting the better of hoodoo team Telford Tigers at the weekend in the English Premier League.

Sheffield Steeldogs' player-coach Greg Wood oversaw an overdue win at Telford Tigers.

The Steeldogs recovered from a home defeat to Peterborough Phantoms on Saturday night to sink Telford 4-2 on the road last night.

Lubomir Korhon, Arnoldas Boas (2) and Stanislav Lascek were among the goals for Greg Wood’s impressive side, who moved to within five points of sixth-placed Telford with a game in hand.

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On Saturday, Lascek, Ashley Calvert and player-coach Wood were among the goals, but it could not prevent a 6-3 reverse to third-placed Peterborough.

Hull Pirates - boosted by their first maximum four-point haul the previous weekend - couldn’t build on that and remain rooted to the bottom of the standings after falling 3-1 at Swindon Wildcats on Saturday before suffering a 4-1 loss on home ice against leaders Basingstoke Bison 24 hours later.

After the win in Telford, Smith said: “It’s been a long, long time since we beat Telford - the changing room was a very happy place afterwards.

“It’s never easy playing at their place, they are such a strong team but we played very well, in fact I think we could have scored three or four more. “Everyone has done their job, exactly what Woody (player-coach Wood) asked us to do in the pre-match meeting.

“We had a game-plan and stuck to it. It’s great to get that monkey off our backs.”