WITH only one fixture this week the Basingstoke Bison, Ashley Tait’s side were looking to build upon their double success last week.

However, the Herd ran into a Swindon Wildcats side who were out for revenge against the team who they narrowly lost too 3-2 last week.

The Herd travelled to high-fliers with momentum behind them, but for most of the opening period it was the hosts who kept the visitors penned inside their own zone.

When Basingstoke final did muster an attack, the chance fell to Alex Sampford who tested Renny Mar in the Wildcats goal, but he saved well to keep things tied.

Despite early dominance it was the Bison who nearly broke the deadlock in the dying moments of the first period, when player/coach Tait got a good shot off, but Marr was equal to it.

With both sides playing attacking hockey the deadlock was not to be broken until after the half-time break.

Wildcats’ player/coach Aaron Nell firing a shot in from just inside the point just after 42 minutes, which Alex Mettam appeared to pick up and it flew over his shoulder into the net.

Michal Klejna tried to get the Bison back on level terms, when he skated into get a slapshot off, but Neil Liddiard managed to get a stick on it and it flew up into the netting behind the goal.

In a game where it appeared as though the next goal would swing the game, it was the host who extended their lead when Neil added his second.

Three minutes later Swindon made it three with Toms Rutkis coolly slotting home.

The Wildcats were really out for blood now after the previous weeks shoot-out defeat to the Bison and on 57 minutes Neil completed his hat-trick.

As the game neared its closing moments the Bison at least made sure that their hosts didn’t get a shutout when Hallam Wilson fired in to make it 4-1 final score line.