BASINGSTOKE Bison head coach Ashley Tait is looking for his side to bounce back to winning ways on Saturday, after their overtime loss at the Milton Keynes thunder last Sunday.

A three point weekend for the Bison last time out, saw them close the gap on arch rivals the Bracknell Bees, who are third in the table to just four points ahead of the Herd, who have four games in hand.

Last weekend, started with a superb 3-1 win over the Bees, but then ended with a 4-3 loss in MK.

Bison head coach Tait said: “It was a real physical battle against Bracknell and we knew it would be, being a local derby.

"It wasn’t pretty, but we won most of the 50/50 battles and came away with the win we wanted.”

Talking about the MK loss, Tait added: “We lacked application and looked tired both mentally and physically. We have to find a way to make sure we keep winning. The only positive was we did not play well but still got a point.”

This Saturday (6.30pm), the Bison are at home to the Streatham Redhawks and then on Sunday travel to Gillingham to take on the Invicta Dynamos.

When Streatham were last in town, they gave the Herd a really tough game, with the home side needing overtime to come out 4-3 winners.

The return in London last month saw a 4-2 success for the Bison.

On Sunday, Basingstoke will travel to Kent looking to also make it three wins out of three against Invicta.

They were last there on their first full weekend of league action and won 5-3.

The return in Hampshire produced the same scoreline.

Missing from both games this weekend will be forward Liam Morris, due to suspension after his game and match penalties in the victory over Bracknell.

Looking ahead to the Bison's latest two games, Tait said: "I am expecting two close games and we will switch our lines around, as we are without Liam."