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Coventry boss Gary Havelock warns against complacency ahead of Elite League opener

Steve Carpenter 24th Mar, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

GARY Havelock has warned his Coventry Bees side not to get complacent as they prepare for their Elite League opener against local rivals Leicester on Good Friday.

Easter clashes with the Lions have proved profitable for the Bees in the last two seasons, and they will be looking to secure maximum points from their opener at Brandon before visiting Beaumont Park the following day.

Leicester have yet to win at Brandon since joining the Elite League two years ago and although the Lions lost No.1 Jason Doyle over the winter, there is plenty of Brandon experience and pedigree in their ranks.

Experienced Polish duo Sebastian Ulamek and Grzegorz Walasek have both been particularly impressive in the past, and reserve Josh Auty is a former Coventry rider who is one of the top men in that department.

Bees name a full-strength side for both matches, and having been edged out by Poole in the second leg of the Elite Shield last week they will look for a consistent all-round display to secure their first three Elite League points.

“I know people will say Leicester are outsiders, but my view has always been to approach any meeting the same, going back to when I rode myself,” said Gary Havelock.

“I will be drilling it into the lads that you can’t ever be complacent. When you get complacent, that’s when things start to go wrong.

“We will approach this match all fired up, all guns blazing, and let’s see what we can do.”

The visit of Leicester signals the start of a busy three-day period which follows with Saturday’s trip to Leicester and ends with a trip to Glasgow on Sunday for an Inter-League Challenge.

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