Shropshire Star

Tom Watkins hails Telford Tigers' Deakan Fielder as fists fly

Telford Tigers head coach Tom Watkins praised Deakan Fielder for the way he stood up for one of his team-mates on Sunday.


The Tigers fell to a narrow 3-2 defeat on home ice against Milton Keynes Lightning after beating the Raiders on Saturday.

And Fielder dropped his gloves to protect a team-mate after Tim Wallace’s late hit, something his Watkins was proud of.

He said: “Huge Credit goes to Deakan Fielder who stood up for one of his team-mates, no hesitation dropping the gloves and taking on a very experienced guy. That goes a very long way with the rest of the team in the locker room, the coaching staff and of course the fans.”

The Tigers came back from a two-goal deficit to bring the scores level before Milton Keynes added a winner late on.

Watkins continued: “It was a very close game, two good teams who both had good spells during the game. We got a slow start but responded very well after trailing by two goals but winning the second period and tying the game at 2-2 going into the third. I would say we were on our heels early in the third period but responded well as the period went on. I think it could have gone either way.”