AARON Nell says that his Swindon Wildcats side got ‘taught a lesson’ in their 5-1 humbling at Streatham on Sunday.

The Link Centre side headed to the capital full of confidence after beating Bracknell Bees 5-2 the previous night.

But the Cats found themselves 1-0 down with less than eight minutes on the clock as Aidan Doughty bagged the first of his hat-trick.

Chris Jones, who was also on target against Bracknell at the Link Centre, quickly levelled matters for the visitors.

However, Doughty struck again late in the first period before Ryan Webb was also on target as the hosts went in at the break 3-1 up.

Nell then took the decision to switch netminders after the opening 20 minutes, with Matt Smital coming to replace Renny Marr between the pipes.

Doughty completed his hat-trick midway through the second period before Jamie Hayes ended the scoring as he tucked the puck into an empty with less than three minutes left on the clock.

“We got out-worked and that is not acceptable,” Nell said.

“They (Streatham) were hungry for the win and they deserved it – they taught us a lesson.”

On the decision to pull Marr, Nell added: “Renny has been great for us all year, but he let a bad one in last night and he was frustrated.

“He was frustrated with himself and you could see that he wasn’t quite there and that is why we brought on Matt.

“If Renny hadn’t been so frustrated with himself then I probably wouldn’t have made the switch.”

The Cats player-coach also refused to use the fact that his side had played five games in nine days as an excuse for the defeat at Streatham.

“We are used to it – that is never an excuse – we are used to playing a lot of games,” he added.

“When you have a game in midweek the practices are a bit easier so you can’t use being tired as an excuse.

“We have all played five games in nine days before and we will do it again.

“We had a number of good chances at Streatham – I had three or four great ones and I didn’t put them away.

“When you don’t put you chances away and you get out-worked you don’t get the bounce of the puck.

“We’ve got to go away and pick ourselves up as we have got two massive games this weekend.”