SWINDON Wildcats’ remarkable comeback against Bracknell Bees served as a reinforcement of the never-say-die attitude displayed by the club this year, according to coach Aaron Nell.

Nell’s men found themselves trailing by four goals against the Bees away from home on Sunday night as markers from Scott Spearing, Alex Barker, Josh Ealey-Newman and George Norcliffe put the home side in total command of this NIHL South One contest.

A late middle period goal from Sam Bullas reduced the deficit to three with one period remaining.

Winter signing Edgars Bebris made it 4-2 shortly into the third period before a brace from Nell levelled the game.

A second marker for Bullas and the Cats’ sixth courtesy of Max Birbraer rounded off the away side’s remarkable comeback, a performance that pleased player-coach Nell.

He said: “It was good to come back like we did after what was a disappointing opening 30 minutes.

“We kept going and we’ve done that all year. It was great to get a good win ahead of what will be a tough week.

“I was pleased with my goals, it’s part of my job to do that. Sam (Bullas) got a nice goal too and we were delighted to get back in the game. More importantly we got through the game with no injuries.

“We took a couple knocks but that’s always the case at this time of year. We’ll have a full-strength team this weekend.

“Both teams wanted to make sure they got through the game without picking up any suspensions which possibly made it not the best game to watch, until the last 10 minutes that is.

“Bracknell are a team that work extremely hard. Come play-off time, everyone picks up their game.”

The result rounded of the Cats’ league campaign in fine style, which saw Nell’s men earn 18 wins from 32 fixtures.

But the 28-year-old admitted a poor run before Christmas and a sluggish February denied them a chance to win the title, eventually claimed by Basingstoke Bison.

He said: “Our goal at the start of the year was to win the league. That hasn’t happened. We had a couple of bad games before Christmas and a bad week in February, it’s one of those things.

“Our schedule was tough at times and we missed a few guys through injury too – and even then we were behind the top two.”