Streatham Redskins forward targets cup glory ahead of semi-final double header at Chelmsford Chieftains

Adam Wood knows winning the National Ice Hockey League South One Cup this season would mean the world to Streatham Redskins.

Redskins face Chelmsford Chieftains in this weekend’s two-legged semi-final as they look to secure a place in the final for the second straight season.

Streatham haven’t won a trophy since 1982 and forward Wood says it would be special for them if they broke that sequence this year.

“I think for everyone who has been here longer it would mean a lot because the club haven’t won anything for a long time” said Wood.

“This is my first season in Streatham so winning a trophy would be great but winning the cup would certainly give us a lot more confidence going into the play-offs.”

Redskins have lost their last two league matches 6-2 and 7-2 against title chasers Chelmsford and Invicta Dynamos.

They remain third in the National Ice Hockey League South One and nine points behind leaders Chelmsford but Wood says his side are confident despite their recent dip in form.

“Confidence is still high in the team,” he said.

“We didn’t have our full squad against Chelmsford last time and I don’t think the scoreline reflected the full game.

“They are a really good team, they are not top of the league for no reason but after beating them twice at the start of February I think we are pretty confident and I see no reason why we can’t beat them.”

Wood feels his side have done well on the majority of big occasions this season and added: “We tend to put a good show when it’s a big game at home and I think we will do it again as it’s a cup semi-final.

“I’m looking forward to it, I know everyone else is and it should be a good weekend.”

Feature image of Joe Johnston, Liam Rasmussen and Adam Wood courtesy of Rick Webb, with thanks

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