THE BESPOKE Guardians Swindon Wildcats head coach Aaron Nell is hoping his side can continue their positive momentum when taking on Milton Keynes Lightning at the Link Centre on Saturday.

The Wildcats lost in a penalty shoot-out to Leeds Knights at home last weekend before upsetting the apple-cart and consigning the Yorkshire outfit to a first defeat of the campaign on Sunday.

Reflecting on another positive weekend for his team, the Wildcats’ head coach said: “You’re always happy when you take three points out of four – especially against Leeds, who are a very good team.

“It was good to get a big performance in Leeds and win the game, and respond after losing the shoot-out on Saturday night.

“It was very important for us to end their unbeaten streak. They’re a team that will be up there at the end of the season, and I hope we will be too. Those games will be key, so it was massive to get the better of Leeds.

“I was very happy with the team, it was a good, solid weekend, and we need to continue that now.”

The Wildcats head into their single-game weekend against MK Lightning fourth in the National Ice Hockey League standings, with six of the 10 teams within a point of each other at this early stage.

Nell said the only reason his team isn’t higher in the table is down to an underwhelming home record – something he joked the town’s football team can relate to.

Nell said: “The one game is big for us because it allows us to put everything into it.

“We haven’t got the results we want at home so far, so to put in a good performance against a good team is important for us, and so is the two points.

“I was speaking to people at the football club the other week, and they were saying the same thing (regarding poor home record). – we’re not quite sure what it is!

“Traditionally, we’ve been very good at home. I do believe we can get back there, and hopefully we get back there starting Saturday.”