Swindon Wildcats stepping off the gas?

Steve Nell handed over the reins at Swindon to son Aaron as he sought a new challenge (PHOTO: Yorkshire Post)

Swindon Wildcats have been in and out of form of late and with the season’s end in sight is it too late to rescue?

Despite their poor run of form winning just the one game from their last five the Swindon Wildcats still sit in third.

They are two points off top-spot Telford Tigers who have two games in hand on them.

The gap between them and fourth place sits at six points and they face the Sheffield Steeldogs twice this weekend.

These games could change the dynamic of their season, either cutting the gap to just two points.

Or opening a convincing gap between them and the Steeldogs.

Coach’s View

Aaron Nell spoke on Coaches Corner of the most recent results, saying: “Last weekend was a mixed one for us, but it was good to get back to winning ways against Leeds on Saturday.

“Obviously, it was huge for us to have the guys we were missing back in the line-up but it was just as important for us to have some practice sessions back during the week”.

He went on to talk about the gap that has formed and what this means for them: “Looking ahead to this weekend we have probably our most important weekend of the season so far.

“Because of the brilliant start we had there is a little gap between the top three and the rest of the league but that could all change this weekend”.

He believes that the Cats will have to be on top form to clinch two crucial wins over the Steeldogs, saying: “They have some very dangerous players like Jason Hewitt and we have to be at our best to make sure we have a good weekend”.

Ones to watch

Hewitt currently has 49 points from 24 games this season and will be one to watch for the Cats’ blueline.

Nell says another factor in their potential success will be the fans, saying: “The atmosphere in the rink last weekend was brilliant.

“We’re going to need that again this week so make some noise because we really do notice it on the ice”.

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