THE Basingstoke Bison know one final four point weekend this season, will see then pip the Peterborough Phantoms for third spot in the English Premier League.
The Phantoms currently have a point advantage over their Hampshire rivals, but the Herd do have a game in hand ahead of the final weekend of the regular season.
Standing between the Bison and third place is a double header encounter with the Swindon Wildcats.
The first is at the Link Centre on Saturday night (5.45pm) before the return at the Basingstoke Arena on Sunday (5.30pm).
So far this season the Herd lead the league series 3-1 over the Wildcats, but lost on their last visit to Wiltshire on December 27, when Tomasz Malasinski scored a hat-trick in a 3-2 win.
However, the previous three meetings saw the Bison come away with the points winning a very feisty battle on their first visit to Swindon 2-1.
The two games were in Basingstoke and saw the Herd win both of them 4-1 and 3-2.
Swindon themselves still have a chance of finishing fifth and are currently level on points with Guildford with both teams having two games left.
The Bison will have injured defensive pair Dan Scott and Joe Baird back for the final weekend of the league.
Bison head coach Doug Sheppard said: “Swindon will prove to be a good test ahead of the play-offs for us.”
On Wednesday night (7.30pm), the Herd start their play-off campaign on Wednesday (7.30pm) and as yet they do not know who they will be playing as the groups will only be finalised after this weekend.
If the Bison finish third they will be in group with Milton Keynes, Hull, plus the sixth placed team which will be either Swindon or Guildford.
If they finish fourth, they meet Telford, Sheffield and the fifth placed side which will be Guildford or Swindon.
Looking ahead to the six game post season, Sheppard said: “I feel we have a good team and making the play-off finals is definitely our aim. We want to finish the season with some silverware.”