PREVIEW: Guess Who's Back vs Racers

Sunday January 31, 2016

The Swindon NIHL Wildcats take to the ice once again this coming Sunday evening [January 31], as Dan Sullivan’s side look to lockdown a place in the Cup Semi Final.  Face off is at 7:30pm.


After defeating the Racers by a 5-3 score-line at Alexandra Palace last weekend, all eyes will be on the Swindon Ice Arena this Sunday as the side prepare for their winner-takes-all tie.


With both sides knowing that a win will see them through, it’s all to play for over the 60-minutes and with a plethora of talented OHA youngsters available to him, Sullivan received further good news this week with the announcement that forward Danny Williams, who last played for the side in the 2012-13 season has returned to the setup, while none other than Ryan Aldridge will also be available for selection.


“Danny came through the junior ranks and is a strong, fast skater,” Sullivan told ahead of the weekend.


“He last played in our 2012-13 campaign and scored three times and got one assist in five games, and he’s only 22-years old now, so we’re looking forwards to seeing him back on the ice and seeing what he can do.”


Meanwhile, speaking on the return of Aldridge, Sullivan continued:  “Ry will be a great asset to the team.


“He has a CV full of points will be a player that the rest of the team can learn from.


“With a lot of the OHA being developed through the NIHL team, Ry will be able to take to the ice with some of his roster, which I'm sure he is looking forward to.”


Should the Wildcats suffer a draw or defeat, the side will have to wait on the result between the Bristol Pitbulls and Slough Jets to determine their fate.



Joshua Ealey-Newman is currently leading the way or the Racers and scored one of his sides goals against the Cats last weekend.


The former Oxford City Stars forward made the switch to the London based club earlier this season and has netted 16 times and registered 9 assists already this season [for 25 points] and has posted magnificent figures previously for the Slough Jets.


NIHL WILDCATS FROM:  Netminders – Graeme Bird and Liam McGuire.  Defence – Andrew Coakley, Adam Coakley, Matthew Hawkes, Haydn Lee, Shaun Starsmeare, Daniel Sullivan.  Forwards – Sagee Abu-Ebid, Ryan Aldridge, Dean Baker, Lee Beardsmore, Jaeden Boland-Pedley, Nathan Chilcott, Istvan Dragomir, William Harding, Daniel King, Ryan Martin, Sean Osbourne, Jackson Price, Loris Taylor ©, Shannon Taylor, Stuart Widdows and Danny Williams.


RACERS FROM:  Netminders – Ian Shepherd and Niks Trapans.  Defence –  Jack Ball, James Buckingham, Ryan Payne, Mark Saunders, Solomon Smith, Luke Tull and Perry Whitlock.  Forwards – Joshua Abbott, Matt Brown, Drew Campbell, Daniel Clayton, Joshua Ealey-Newman, Lee Mercer, Ricky Mills, Chris Norris, Ben Osborne, Samuel Park, Dan Peters, David Richards and Perry Richardson.  Utility – Alastair Band © and Conor Sheehan.



Tickets are available at the door on the night and are priced at £6 per Adult, £3 per Concessions and £2 per Child. 


Supporters who present their EPIHL Wildcats Game Ticket stub from Saturday’s game against Sheffield Steeldogs will received 50% OFF the price of admission to this NIHL Wildcats game.  Wildcats Season Ticket holders will also be admitted for half price on production of a valid 2015-16 Season Ticket, while Child Season Ticket holders are admitted FREE of charge.



The club are seeking sponsorship for the NIHL Wildcats and would welcome inquiries from anyone interested in getting involved and helping to move the NIHL side forwards. 


For further details on what we can offer you and your business in return for sponsorship, please call Wildcats Marketing Manager Sally Price on 01793 886 857, or email her at for details.