Reaching the final is fantastic, says Lightning boss

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Vito Rausa says he cannot wait for tonight’s (Wednesday) EPL Cup final first leg.

The MK Lightning General Manager will watch on as his side take on Basingstoke Bison at the Skydome in Coventry - Lightning’s home away from home for this season.

Under the leadership of Nick Poole, the Lightning have won silverware seven times in their twelve year history, lifting the League title three times and the play off trophy four times, making them one of the most successful sporting teams in Milton Keynes - but the EPL Cup has always eluded the club.

But Rausa believes reaching the final is what the players and supporters deserve in what has been a testing season for the club.

He said: “For the boys to have got to the final is a fantastic achievement, I’m so proud of them all,” he said.

“Everyone at the Skydome, from the management and players down to the fans, have made us feel so welcome this season - but there’s no getting away from the fact that every game is an away game, and the guys have had nowhere near an ideal amount of training time.

“For Wednesday’s home leg of the final we’re rewarding our season ticket holders with half price entry.

“They showed commitment to us back at the start of the season, knowing the effort that was going to be needed to follow us, and this is our way of thanking them.

“Getting to the final has given everyone connected with Lightning such a lift - the management, coaching staff, off-ice staff, the Supporters’ Club, the fans - and obviously the players.

“Nick Poole said right from the start of this season that he felt we had a good team that would compete with the best, and he was right.

“When we knew we wouldn’t have our own rink in Milton Keynes this season, mothballing the team was a genuine option.

“But we chose to keep going, and now we’re guaranteed a place in the play-offs and in with a real chance of silverware. It’s going to take hard work and calm heads but it’ll be absolutely phenomenal if the boys can do it.

“We can’t wait to get started!”

The first leg of the final gets underway tonight (Wednesday) at 7.45pm.