Punishing schedule for trio

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Three players equally vital to England's European Championship campaign and London Towers' bid to make a clean sweep of the game's domestic honours play their eighth fixture in two weeks when they line up against Worthing Bears in the Budweiser League tomorrow, writes Duncan Hooper.

For Steve Bucknall, Neville Austin and Andy Gardiner, next in this punishing schedule is Wednesday's game in Moscow against Russia, one of the most powerful teams in Europe, in the championship semi-final round group.

Bucknall led England's scoring in both this week's friendly internationals against Hungary and the pressure to score will be on him in Moscow where the size, strength and shooting power of the Russians will be overwhelmingly stacked against England.

London can turn to the Americans Tony Windless and Danny Lewis to relieve the scoring strain on Bucknall as the club try to maintain their two point lead at the top of the table over the Sheffield Sharks.