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Dragons Building A Fortess

Submitted by on 13/01/2016 – 4:06 pm

Don’t miss out on this team” – that’s the rallying cry from Dragons coach Lol Paul, as he continues to build a ‘fortress Deeside’ at Chester Road.

The Dragons are 13 points clear of likely challengers Widnes at the top of the Laidler Conference, albeit having played four games more than the Wild.

And with a goal difference that is almost double any other side’s total, Paul’s high-scoring squad is riding high on confidence, ahead of Saturday’s visit of Altrincham Aces.

The Deeside men played in front of the highest crowd of the season against Blackburn last week, with all eyes on another bumper attendance against the Aces.

Paul said: “It’s over 20 years since Deeside Dragons have won a trophy, and the fans have supported us through thick and thin. As a fan, I would feel strongly about coming down and seeing this team.

“There is still a way to go, and I think those supporters should share it with us. Don’t miss out on this team and how well they are playing.

“We are building a fortress here at Deeside and every match now is a countdown for us. If we win every game from now on, it would be a very special achievement.”

Saturday’s visit of Altrincham could see former Telford and Blackburn star Jared Owen take to the ice for his new team, as they look to secure a play-off place.

Paul added: “I expect Altrincham to be a much stronger team this time round. They have a lot to play for, with them and Blackburn going for fourth place.

“Jared will make them better, although we’ll have home advantage. That is incredibly important for us, which is why we need all those fans at Deeside Ice Rink.

“People want to come and watch a winning team, which is the feeling I want to create here. If that happens, then we must be doing something right.”

The trip to Hull on Sunday, meanwhile, could be something of a banana skin for the Dragons, with their hosts having taken Nottingham to a 4-4 draw just before Christmas.

“It is a long journey up to Hull and this will be our third back to back weekend in a row,” Paul said.

“Some of the lads aren’t used to that, so you do start to pick up knocks. Hull came here a few weeks ago and really took us to the wire.

“A few teams have put big scores past them, while others have struggled, so you never know which Jets team you’ll get. We can’t underestimate them.

“Winning our away games is very important for us, and in some ways they are our priority for the rest of the season.”

Saturday’s game against Altrincham Aces, at Deeside Ice Rink, faces off at 7pm.

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