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Ice hockey: Deeside Dragons boss Steve Fellows wants more of the same against Blackburn Eagles

STEVE Fellows has urged the Deeside Dragons to build on their biggest win of the season by signing off for 2012 with a bang.

The Deeside Ice Rink outfit stormed to a 16-1 success at home to Fylde Flyers on Sunday to end their three-match losing run in all competitions.

Fellows wants more of the same in Saturday’s derby showdown at Blackburn Eagles (5.45pm), which represents his side’s final match of the year.

The Dragons player-coach, whose only injury absentee is Pete Founds, said: “I was really pleased with the performance on Sunday and now I want us to finish the year with a bang by beating Blackburn and getting four points in the space of a week.

“We’ve already beaten them at their place, 9-0 in the first game of the season, but we could only beat them 6-0 at our place.

“They are improving but they’re yet to score again us and I would expect us to beat them again on Saturday.”

The thrashing of Fylde marked the debut of high profile signing Jordan Bannon.

The talented teenage forward netted two goals and set up three others.

Bannon has arrived at the Dragons’ Den after playing in the English Premier League for Telford Tigers.

The 18-year-old started his career with the Dragons before moving to Manchester Phoenix and then to Blackburn Hawks, for whom he scored 38 points from 32 games last season.

He left the Hawks for the Tigers earlier this season to improve his chances of making the Great Britain under 20s squad.

Yet after just missing out on a place in the squad, the Dragons have persuaded Bannon to return home.

Bannon said: “I’ve always wanted to return to Deeside where I started playing 10 years ago. I hope I can help the team to promotion.”

The fourth-placed Dragons, whose move for Bannon was made possible by the backing of Sandycroft-based sponsors Underground Vision, remain six points behind North Two leaders Nottingham Lions after their bumper victory over Fylde.

Bannon linked up well with his former Hawks teammate Brian Worrall, who helped himself to two goals and three assists.

Tom King got the goal of the match while Shaun Kippin fired in the first senior hat-trick of his career.

But it was ever improving defender Kenny Williams, who also plays for Mold Rugby Club, who was named the MVP after he broke his duck for the season.

The Dragons went into the game on the back of a 16-1 defeat of their own, away to North One table-toppers Solway Sharks in the National League North Cup on Saturday.

Fellows took a depleted squad up to Dumfries in Scotland but he admitted that could not excuse some of the defending on show.