Ice-hockey Webb wants Streatham to tame Swindon Wildcats

BY DAVID CARR

Hat-trick hero Ryan Webb says Streatham must work hard as they take on title favourites Swindon Wildcats in back-to-back fixtures this weekend.

The South Londoners head up the M4 tomorrow before returning to home ice the following night.

Forward Webb, 24, reckons Streatham should be full of confidence after taking three points out of a possible four last weekend.

“Swindon is another tough opponent, especially when they are at home. They know how to entertain the big crowd. We must work hard this week to prepare for there well-structured hard-working ethos.

“We played Swindon in pre-season without our full team and managed two good performances, so I am really looking forward to this weekend.

“It is key to go into these sorts of games with confidence.

“We have shown great character so far and we have shown our ability to compete and win big games.”

The former Wightlink Raiders player was delighted to bag himself a hat-trick in his side’s 7-0 win against Invicta Dynamos on Saturday.

“I was very happy with my performance on Saturday.

Getting two goals early in the first period really helped. It gave me time and confidence to go on and get the third.

“I don’t think as a team we necessarily played our best hockey.

There were spells throughout the game where we played extremely well. Having over 70 shots is a great confidence boost for us.

“We know how important it is to shoot the puck, this was a real key to our success in this game.

We needed to improve on the simple parts of the game, such as working down the boards and chipping the puck.”

Webb praised Kevin Parrish’s side for battling on despite being down and suffering an injury to Connor Morris.

He said: “I must give credit to Invicta, they never once gave up and worked hard throughout the game, even after losing their goalie to injury.”

The speedy forward says it was frustrating to come up short in overtime as they fell to a 3-2 defeat to Peterborough Phantoms the following night.

“After coming from behind to draw the game we had great belief in our ability and successful record in overtime to go on and get the two points.

“Peterborough is a difficult place to play. We were forced to adapt and play a different style of game to that of what we are used to.

“We knew we didn’t have the time and space that we are given at our home rink to be as creative as we have been so far this season.

It was essential we kept the puck out of the middle of the ice and used the boards to create space.”


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