SWINDON Wildcats player-coach Aaron Nell believes it will be a positive thing for his side to have consecutive one-game weekends as his players look to wrap up the NIHL1 South title.

Swindon play championship-rivals Basingstoke Bison on Sunday (4:15 puck-drop) before they tackle Streatham the following Saturday - a game which could see them wrap up the title.

For Wildcats to secure the NIHL South One title this weekend, Peterborough Phantoms would need to lose both of their fixtures this weekend while Cats need to defeat Basingstoke on Sunday night.

Player-coach Nell believes that scenario to be unlikely though, and insists his players must be prepared to fight until the end.

Nell believes a one-game weekend could come at the perfect time for his players, but is asking them to maintain their focus and put in a performance worthy of a championship winning team.

Nell said: “It’s definitely nice to be able to focus all of our efforts on one game, especially when it’s at home.

“It’s not normal for us – we haven’t had a one-game weekend all year.

“But over the next two weeks having just the one game at home will mean that we can focus all of our energy on that one game and try to continue to put in all of the hard work that we’ve put in over the last eight weeks.

“It’s fun to be at the rink at the moment and we need to make sure that we put in a big performance on Sunday.”

Ahead of Sunday’s game, Nell said he did not mind how the title is achieved as long as they manage to win it in the end.

Wins against Basingstoke and Peterborough in recent weeks have gone a long way in helping Wildcats to establish a favourable position, but Nell is not counting his chickens just yet and says the old adage of taking it one game at a time is more important than ever.

He said: “We just want to get the job done, we don’t care how it happens.

“Of course it would be great to win a game that wins us the league. But if it happens a different way, we’re not bothered.

“It’s been our goal since the start of the season (to win the league) and we just need to focus in the next four games to try and make that happen.

“When we beat Basingstoke, we knew we were in a good position and with Peterborough dropping points as well, that has really helped us.

“It’s easy to look at the table, but everyone knows where we are and what we need to do, but we’ve got to just take it a game at a time.”

The Wildcats welcome Basingstoke to the Link Centre having beaten them twice only two weekends ago.

Both of those victories will fuel Bison’s fire, according to Nell - who insists that Sunday’s visitors will be in no mood to roll over and hand Swindon the league on a plate.

He said: “Basingstoke have been the surprise team this year – they’ve been excellent and they’re going to want to come and try to beat us at home.

“There are also possibilities that we could play them in the play-offs too and we’ve had some really good and close games against them in the past, so I expect Sunday to be no different.”