Lightning stick with tried and tested keepers

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AFTER ending last season with the third best defensive record in the league, Lightning have announced that netminders Barry Hollyhead and Alex Mettam will be returning to the club for the 2011/12 campaign.

Only the top two English Premier League teams conceded fewer goals than the city side last season, with number one Hollyhead between the pipes for the majority of games and Mettam proving himself a worthy understudy when called upon.

Hollyhead said the team spirit at Lightning was a key factor in signing up for another year, despite being offered better deals elsewhere. And now he’s determined to try and go even better than last season’s fifth place finish and knock Manchester Phoenix and Guildford Flames off their perch.

“Milton Keynes has been my home-from-home for seven of the last nine seasons,” said Shrewsbury born Hollyhead. “The team spirit here means a lot – we all work for each other and we’re always in with a good chance of winning trophies.

“It will also be great to work with Mettsey again – he’s proved in the last two seasons how capable he is, and between us we give Lightning a mix of youth and experience.”

The 36-year-old first signed for Lightning in 2002 after five years at Telford Tigers. After two season in MK he returned to Telford, but then returned to the Thunderdome in 2006 and has now played over 330 games for Lightning, including 33 EPL play-off fixtures.