THE BESPOKE Guardians Swindon Wildcats head coach Aaron Nell says his team must try to win their Autumn Cup Final second-leg against Leeds Knights despite already holding a 3-2 advantage.

Swindon put themselves in the driving seat following Friday’s narrow success at the Link Centre, but there remains at least 60 minutes of hockey between them and a first piece of silverware in three years.

Thursday’s second leg in Leeds is expected to be another tight affair, and Nell wants to see his team take the bull by the horns instead of sitting back and relying on their narrow aggregate advantage.

Speaking to Adver Sport, Nell said: “The reality is that you just want to get the job done, but in terms of our mindset – we’ve got to go and try to win the game.

“You’re in trouble if you try and get a draw or see it out that way, you’ve got to try and be positive.

“We’ve been really good away from home, but we need to make sure we play our game and be ready for their top players.

“Their top guys are very good, their goalie is excellent, but we need to focus on playing well ourselves. If we do that, we’ve got a chance of winning a trophy.”

Swindon are by far the form team in the National Ice Hockey League with 10 wins from their past 11 fixtures in all competitions.

Similar to the town’s football team, the Wildcats have a sterling away record to thank for sitting top of the table and on the brink of lifting a first trophy of the season.

Nell was full of praise for his squad and wants to see them achieve a reward for their brilliant first half of the campaign.

He said: “The players have been excellent this season, I couldn’t have asked any more of them.

“They’ve been so good for so long now. The reality is every team in our league would like to be in our position in the cup and in the league.

“The players have been fantastic, we just have to be ready, and we will have to play well to win.

“We know if we don’t play well then Leeds will win the trophy. It’s about us focusing on us, enjoying the occasion, and hopefully we’ll come away with the trophy.”