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Ice hockey: Deeside Dragons player-coach Steve Fellows demands more against Solway after his side throw away lead at Sheffield

A FURIOUS Steve Fellows has challenged his Deeside Dragons to show the rest of the league that they mean business after a disappointing defeat at Sheffield Senators.

The Dragons of NIHL North Two face North One leaders Solway Sharks in the National League North Cup (West) at Deeside Ice Rink on Sunday (6.30pm) and player-coach Fellows wants to see his side live up to their talent after their poor loss on Saturday.

The travelling Dragons started well, Tom King, Simon Furnival and Marc Lovell giving them a 3-1 lead.

But in the second period Sheffield hit back to go in front 5-2 with only James Parsons on target for the Dragons.

And they never recovered, as in trying to shore up the back the Dragons found themselves unable to fashion good scoring opportunities and a goalless final session handed the result to the Senators.

“I hardly ever lose my temper but I ripped into the guys during and after this one,” said Fellows.

“After the first period we were up and I thought we would kick on and extend our lead in the second.

“But we collapsed and then when we made adjustments to tighten up we couldn’t create scoring chances.

“I was angry after the game, with everyone and with myself, as I was playing too and I was as much to blame as the other guys.

“We seem to have a confidence issue in closing out games. We take leads and throw them away.

“That was a winnable game and it is not the first winnable game we’ve lost.

“But at the same time we are the only side to have taken points off Nottingham in the league.”

Fellows still has full confidence in his players, but will mix things up a bit this Sunday as he searches for the perfect combination.

“We need to go out there and send a message,” he said. “We need to show our rivals that we can cause problems for teams way higher than ourselves.”

And as it is the first home game for a few weeks, Fellows is keen for his side to put on a show for the home fans who have supported the Dragons so far this season.

“Playing at home is always a great feeling,” he said. “Being away for a long time has an effect on the squad so to come back this weekend should give us all a boost.”

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