By Tom Jameson
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TADEA Middlesbrough Lions will face a nervous trip to Durham Wildcats this Sunday in the National Shield competition. The Lions endured two difficult games at the hands of the Wildcats last season when they were effectively humbled by the strong Durham side.
This season though, TADEA Lions are looking strong and whether they are able to defeat the Wildcats will remain to be seen, the very least Coach James Thomson expects is a vastly improved performance. “Last season Durham were definitely our bogey side, we were unable to develop any rhythm and like true Wildcats, they pounced on every mistake we made. This season will hopefully deliver a better story from our perspective. I know the team is eager to prove themselves and there is a positive vibe around the club.”
When asked how the team was coming together and if any new faces were expected, the response was cautiously optimistic. “We have added to our squad this year, both with young, hungry talent and experience. The addition of Matt Taylor and Tom Robinson will bring further scoring options but yes, we are looking at add.” Apparently the search for players is a luxury rather than necessity with Coach Thomson stating he is happy with the current players but the addition of new sponsor; TADEA has opened a few doors. “We have a good solid squad and any player we bring in would have to significantly improve the team. TADEA have been a god send and through their support we may be able to add 1 or 2 players of a calibre that will improve our existing players and hopefully deliver success. This though will depend on finding the right player and the existing players, bar any injuries already have the ingredients to deliver, so there is no real pressure on me.”
It would certainly appear that exciting times are on the horizon for TADEA Middlesbrough Lions. You can see the TADEA Lions plus the big Lion mascot at Eston sports Academy this Saturday for an open day between 10am-2pm and also at Captain Cook Square, Middlesbrough the following Saturday from 12.30. There will be opportunities to win prizes and have your photo taken with the players and the mascot.
Middlesbrough are next in action at Eston Sports Academy on Sunday 3rd October for their first league game against Warrington Wolves, 4pm. Tickets are available at only £3 child, £4 adult & £12 family. Please be seated by 3.30pm
Visit www.middlesbroughlions.co.uk or call 01642 814221 for more details.