Sheffield Steeldogs and Leeds Knights prepare to compete for Yorkshire bragging rights to the bitter end Yorkshire News

The newly crowned Nationwide Cup champions can no longer match Swindon’s points tally due to the point the visitors picked up from Friday night’s clash at Ice Sheffield, but they will head to Elland Road on Sunday night hoping of finishing above their Yorkshire rivals by winning the final game of the regular season.

Sam Towner, Alex Graham, Jonathan Kirk and Matt Bissonnette with the game-winning goal scored for the Steeldogs, with Emil Svec (2) and Aaron Nell answering for the visitors in second.

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Leeds can now only level on points with Swindon, who can seal second place by taking a point from their final regular season game at home to Peterborough Phantoms tonight.

Alex Graham found the target for the Sheffield Steeldogs in a 4-3 extra-time victory against the second-placed Swindon Wildcats. Photo: Bruce Rollinson

Last night’s result sets up tomorrow’s clash between Leeds and Sheffield at Elland Road Arena nicely, with the winner earning local bragging rights before the play-offs begin next weekend.

Before that, Leeds hit the road to take on the Basingstoke Bison tonight, but will travel to Hampshire on the lower bench with forwards Ethan Hehir and Joe Coulter, along with defender Ross Kennedy, all ruled out with illness.

They join veteran center Matty Davies on the sidelines, while head coach Ryan Aldridge also misses 17-year-old D-man Archie Hazeldine, who is out on international duty with Great Britain Under-18s in the Division 2A World Championship. in Estonia. which starts tomorrow.

“This weekend is all about getting through without any more injuries or similar issues and starting the first round of the playoffs in a healthy position,” Aldridge said.

Leeds Knights head coach Ryan Aldridge Photo: Bruce Rollinson

“If all goes well, we can get some of these guys back in the lineup for that first weekend.”

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