Play-offs in the balance

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Milton Keynes Phantoms went into their recent set of games knowing that any more defeats would seriously dent their chances of making the play-offs.

First up was Warwick’s 2nd team - a team who are yet to win this season, and Phantoms certainly added to their woes.

After seeing their performances improve as the season has gone on, the Phantoms initially struggled to take their game to Warwick, whilst having better possession and better goal scoring opportunities.

As the game continued, the Warwick goalkeeper tired, and Phantoms ran out 11-1 winners.

A special mention to Dan Zaitsev for scoring a hat-trick after making his first appearances for Phantoms, after stepping up from the Shadows, Milton Keynes’ second team.

The second game of the day was against Manchester Salibandits, and a spirited Phantoms team went toe to toe with a team looking to win the title.

The Phantoms took the lead half way through the game through Player/Coach Mark Sleight.

Some stout defending kept the Salibandits at bay, but unfortunately for the Phantoms, Manchester scored a few goals on the power play and stretched to a 3-1 lead.

The Phantoms team never give up, and brought the game back to 3-2, and this is how it stayed.

It made for an entertaining finish, and Manchester knew that they had to work hard to earn the points.

A special mention to goalkeeper and star player Steve Akehurst, who made a string of fine saves to keep Phantoms in the running.