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Ice hockey: Deeside Dragons bounce back to beat Telford as Fellows prepares to face childhood hero Hunt

STEVE Fellows used one word to describe how Deeside Dragons managed to secure victory over Telford Titans on Sunday – bouncebackability.

The player-coach was forced to sit out the friendly game between his NationalLeague North Two side and North One opponents Telford at Deeside Ice Rink with injured ribs.

But he saw his side put the previous week’s loss to Sheffield Senators behind them as they demolished the Titans 9-3.

A double from Aaron Davies, plus goals for James Parsons, Matthew Wainwright, Brian Worrall, Simon Furnival, Pete Founds Ric Hughes and MVP Andrew Chappell, ensured victory for the Dragons and gave Fellows hope that the Senators loss was just a blip.

“It was good to see the lads show that character to come back and beat a team in a higher league,” he said. .

“They demonstrated bouncebackability, which is a key trait in successful teams.

“I asked the lads during a break if they felt they were playing a better team than last week and they all agreed they were, so hopefully the Senators game was a one-off because by beating the Titans so convincingly we have made a statement.”

Fellows was absent from the side due to a rib injury he sustained against the Senators.

This week he is scheduled to have more scans to try to identify whether they are cracked or bruised.

“A few days after the game they swelled up and I was struggling to breathe,” he said. “It was very uncomfortable but I am hoping the damage is not too bad.”

Whatever happens he is unlikely to feature against one of his idols when the Dragons head to Nottingham Lions on Sunday.

Growing up, the exploits of Simon Hunt – playing for Nottingham Panthers as one of the few Brits to feature in the now-defunct National Ice Hockey Superleague – enthralled a young Fellows.

Hunt has now come out of retirement to play for the Lions.

“Personally it’s a shame I can’t play as he was one of my heroes, but we have to focus on what will be a tough game,” said Fellows.

“The Lions were relegated last season and we have to deliver our best if we want to win.”

Young netminder George Cox will not feature after the 17-year-old moved to Telford Titans last week.