Editorial

Time to Unleash the Beast ?

Make no mistake about it, Sunday’s potential title showdown with Basingstoke Bison is about as evenly poised as it could possibly be. Whether it be goals scored, goals conceded, head to head record, last ten fixtures between the two at Bretton, player CVs, coaches, netminders, you would be hard pressed…


Phantoms v Bison – now its OUR time to step up !

Okay, so it has been a tough season to deal with after the high of an exciting, competitive, high quality EPL but whilst it has not always been exhilarating viewing, Phantoms HAVE put themselves within one last huge effort of taking the league title. Does that count for much ………


Impressions of Romford’s stacked Leisure Centre

Having attended Romford’s old Rom Valley Way rink throughout the 1990s Pirates days and into the early 2000s Phantoms era, I was keen to take a peek at the newly opened facility for Phantoms visit last night. The first thing that strikes you is the location which is pretty much…


Title Race now favouring Bison ?

Over the course of the last seven days, the NIHL South title race has undoubtedly swung in favour of Phantoms rivals in Basingstoke. That swing started with the news from Swindon that their influential import D-man and captain Jan Kostal was out of action with what may prove to be…


Bison v Phantoms …… the showdown approaches !

Saturday sees the eagerly awaited showdown between the top two sides in NIHL South One as the pre-season ranked #1 hosts #2 but with #2 sitting four points clear in the table with just nine games to play. Bison still have two games in hand over Phantoms but the old…


Nine Cup Finals For Phantoms NIHL Title Bid

Having plundered the expected maximum points haul against basement team Cardiff Fire, the NIHL South title run-in starts now. Coach Koulikov’s standard “way too early yet” mantra must now be confined to the bottom draw with the focus shifting to what are nine huge “Cup Finals” that will deliver the…


Fans no show for Cup Semi-Final ….. a serious cause for concern ?

If Phantoms dramatic last gasp elimination from Thursday night’s Autumn Cup semi-final wasn’t exactly a shock, the swathes of empty seats at Bretton certainly was ! A quick top ten of the greatest all time hockey games played at the rink would certainly include many a midweek cup game with…