The RedHawks go into the game off the back of a mixed weekend of results – they lost 6-1 to the Peterborough Phantoms on home ice, before thrashing local rivals Invicta Dynamos 7-1 in Kent.
Adam Carr was the lone scorer in an evening to forget in SW16.
The following evening in Kent a brace each from Tom Soar and Jacob Ranson added to goals from Alex Roberts, Leigh Jamieson and Adam Wood to secure the convincing victory over the Dynamos.
“We needed to respond at Invicta after the display against the Phantoms,” admitted forward Ziggy Beesley.
“It wasn’t an ideal start to the weekend and we knew they would be tough to beat given their 13-game winning streak, but on home ice we always look to do better.
“In a funny way it was a wake-up call. We responded really well. Invicta may be struggling, but Gillingham is never an easy place to go and it felt like we were more fluid, with the lines gelling together well.
“It was good to reward the fans that travelled and hopefully made up a little for the game the night before.”
The RedHawks are in action just once this weekend with points at stake for both the league and cup. The round-robin nature of the cup competition means that the result will likely determine whether either team progresses to the semi final stage, plus who cements fourth position in the league, where the RedHawks currently sit.
“We lost in overtime to the Bison earlier this month in Hampshire so we owe them one,” said Beesley, who joined the club from London Raiders this summer.
“They’ve got a lot of experience in their line up and there isn’t much between the two teams so it should make for an exciting game.”