Bristol Sonics’ captain Dom Swann has warned his players to expect a tough game when they take on Nottingham Outlaws on Saturday (15th June).
The Sonics travel to Harvey Hadden Stadium, Nottingham (kick-off 3pm), on the back of comprehensive but far from perfect victories over Northampton and Leicester, but Swann believes his side will have to improve considerably to beat the home side.
The Sonics lost heavily the last time they traveled to Nottingham, in last year’s Conference League Three competition, and Swann fears another defeat if his side doesn’t put in a high quality performance.
Swann said: “Nottingham is one of the hardest places to go and get a win, as we found to our cost last year. It’s hard to win away from home wherever you go, especially when you’re traveling long distances, but the Outlaws are also one of the best sides in this League. They’ve enjoyed some big wins lately and will be desperate to avenge their heavy defeat in Bristol earlier in the season. They’ll be up for it – we need to make sure we are.”
The Outlaws sit third in the Conference League South table, four points behind the Sonics and leaders Sheffield-Hallam. Although their form has been up and down this season, they’re in good shape ahead of the clash with Bristol.
The Sonics wil once again be without a host of first-team regulars, but can welcome back fullback Dan Evans and winger Mike Norman, who hasn’t featured much this season due to his Gloucestershire All Golds commitments. There is also a recall for Tom Verber, whose brother Rob has been in fine form for the Sonics this season. Tom hasn’t played since picking up an injury in the first game of the season.
Bristol Sonics Second team are also in action, and will be keen to get back to winning ways against West of England league newcomers Old Patesians at Dings Crusaders’ Landseer Avenue ground in Lockleaze (Saturday 15th June, kick-off 2.30pm). Fans are encouraged to come down and support the second team, which features a mix of youngsters, newcomers and former first team favourites. Entrance is free.