Nell: We’re motivated to get the job done
Swindon Wildcats player-trainer Aaron Nell said his team was really determined to win the NHL's South Division title this weekend.
This is the final stage of the regular season and after failing to complete their task last week, after suffering two losses, the Wildcats enter their last two games and still need one point.
But despite Bracknell Bees' defeat on four of his last five showdowns with his opponents on Saturday, Nell insists he has found extra motivation from his players throughout the week.
"We have to forget everything and focus on both games this week to end the season in a good way," he said.
"The guys in the room this week are really determined and appreciate that they have the chance to do it. They want to do it and I could see it in them this week.
"The league is the one everyone wants to win and we want to have a good run that will take us to play-offs.
"We are all looking forward to this weekend and what could be happening. We could have done the job last week, but not winning it last week motivated everyone to make sure we did it.
"After Sunday's game, we were knocked out, but once we were out of action, we had to go back. they realized that they were still in a place that was awesome and it was still in our hands, they relaxed a bit and know that they have another try. "
The loss to Streatham was disappointing on Saturday, but with two chances to attack it this weekend, the Wildcats and Nell know it's theirs.
While the new NIHL South Cup champions, Peterborough Phantoms, are waiting to take advantage if Swindon fails again, Nell is aware of their threat.
But that's part of what promises to be a dramatic weekend in the NIHL and Nell feels that, overall, the standard is much better.
He added, "The Phantoms might feel like we're losing an opportunity last week. They won the South Cup on Wednesday and will want to keep up the momentum.
"In general, the NIHL have been much better than last year and just look at the North, which has the top three teams with the same number of points this weekend.
"Here in Peterborough and Basingstoke we all struggled to fight each other. It's a good season and we want to finish in the best possible way. "