NETMINDER Renny Marr has been hailed as “the best in the league” by player-coach Aaron Nell after helping to keep Swindon Wildcats fighting for trophies on three fronts.

The Wildcats picked up silverware for the first time since the 2000-01 campaign – when they were crowned regular season champions in the English Premier League – on Friday night with a 7-3 aggregate victory over Basingstoke Bison in the Autumn Trophy final.

Aaron Nell’s side have another cup final on the horizon against Sheffield Steeldogs in the NIHL Cup, and also booked their place in the NIHL South One play-off semi-finals at the weekend by beating Streatham over two legs in the last eight.

Marr conceded just four goals in three hours of action over the weekend, including recoding a rare shut-out in the Cats’ 2-0 success in the away fixture against Streatham.

The 20-year-old is in his first season at the Link Centre, having been recruited last summer alongside fellow youngster Matt Smital in the wake of former Great Britain netminder Stevie Lyle’s decision to move on.

Scotsman Marr has been in outstanding form throughout the campaign and Nell believes there is no one better between the pipes in NIHL South.

“Renny was under a lot of pressure at the start of the season with everything that went on over the summer and I couldn’t have imagined him being as good as he has been,” said Nell.

“We had a chat a couple of months into the season and even he couldn’t believe how well he was playing.

“He has been great for us all year and he was great again all weekend. He is the best goalie in the league and we’re delighted to have him.”

Swindon scored 10 goals across their three fixtures at the weekend and although Nell led the charge with four of those, the Cats had six different players hit the back of the net in total.

Nell is pleased to see plenty of people contributing in front of goal and believes having numerous threats will be vital if they are to continue their play-off programme when they face home and away fixtures against Peterborough Phantoms this weekend.

“All season we have been getting different goal scorers. We have got a lot of depth,” said Nell.

“We need people can continue what they have been doing and we need to keep pushing because next weekend is going to be massive.”

Swindon host the Phantoms at the Link Centre (face-off 6.15pm) in the first leg of their semi-final on Saturday before traveling to Peterborough 24 hours later.