WE GOT got two great wins in the League last weekend against tough opposition.

Scoring 12 goals shows how well the offence is playing, shutting out Swindon on Saturday shows that our defence is just as effective.

Those results set us up for two important games, at home  tonight in the first leg of the Autumn Cup final and away on Sunday in Peterborough.

Last Saturday there was a great atmosphere in the rink, helped by the enthusiasm of both sets of fans.

This Friday the same fans will be even more passionate as the teams compete for the first trophy of the year.

The cup won’t be won on Friday but we want to put ourselves in a strong position for the return leg.

Our captain, Aaron Connolly, however, is the first member of the team to get his hands on a trophy.

This month he deservedly won Basingstoke’s Sports Personality of the Year. On and off the ice, he is a great ambassador for Bison and for the sport of ice hockey.

We are proud of the fact that ice hockey is the number one sport in Basingstoke. Aaron has contributed on and off the ice to that.

His line, with Roman Malinik and Dan Davies, certainly contributed to our high-scoring win against Bracknell.

Players and fans are attracted to the physicality of the sport, but there’s no place in the game for the kind of hit suffered by Grant Rounding during the game.

We play hard, with respect for our opponents. There should never be an intent to injure.

We’ll have a day to recover before travelling up to Peterborough on Sunday.

Whoever wins that game will have a strong grip on the league title.

It’s going to be an exciting, exhausting weekend for us all. See you this evening.