Free falling Slough Jets hit rock bottom following defeat to the Panthers

Free falling Slough Jets hit rock bottom following defeat to the Panthers

Dan Darlington

Free falling Slough Jets hit rock bottom following defeat to the Panthers

 

Brad Watchorn

Slough Jets’ sorry season dredged new depths on Sunday as Craig Moran’s side dropped to the bottom of the table following a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Slava Koulikov’s Peterborough Phantoms.

Moran’s inexperienced side briefly revived hopes of a play-off challenge with a gutsy 2-1 penalty shots victory over Guildford Flames at the Hangar on Saturday night.

Roared on by a packed Hangar crowd the Jets gave glimpses of the kind of form that could ignite a late play-off charge. But those hopes were flattened 24 hours later when Koulikov’s Panthers tore a wearying Jets’ side to pieces in the final period to inflict a 6-0 defeat.

In recent seasons Slough fans have been used to the Jets competing at the top end of the table, they won’t be used to seeing the team prop up the EPL table.

It’s been a difficult campaign for followers of Moran’s team, with a mid-season budget cut leading to an exodus of highly rated players such as Darius Pliskauskas, and netminder Kamil Jarina.

The exodus came to a crescendo in December when Koulikov dramatically left his post to join rivals Peterborough Phantoms. It came on the back of the side losing captain Michael Wales, his successor as captain Dan Scott, and three other quality players Ciaran Long, Dan Davies and Lee Richardson.

Moran said:“I’ve been at the club since I was 12 and it’s not nice to see the team bottom of the table.

“Before Christmas we lost almost half of our team, and weren’t able to replace them with top players, so I knew then we’d be in a sticky situation.”

This week the club also parted company with Brad Watchorn, after the player failed to show up for last weekend’s matches and hasn’t contacted the club in nearly two weeks.

Watchorn had been an exciting addition to Moran’s armoury and played seven times for the Jets, the last of which was the loss against the Sheffield Steeldogs two weeks ago.

Moran said:“I’ve known Brad for a few years through hockey and he’s a good guy. I just hope everything’s alright with him and he’s able to get his problems sorted out.But unless he gets in touch with us there’s nothing we can do.”

Director of operations Steve English said the club couldn’t retain a player who hasn’t contacted the club in over 11 days."

The Jets play a double header against the Basingstoke Bison this weekend. They face off against the Bison at The Hangar on Sunday, 6.30pm face-off.

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