THE Basingstoke Bison wrapped up their league campaign with a 2-1 victory at the Invicta Dynamos last night.

However, as Peterborough also won the Herd had to settle for third spot, which on reflection of what happened to the team in the summer and having to be rebuilt it was a great achievement by all concerned.

This means the Bison will now face the Streatham Redhawks in the first round of the play-offs, with the home game in Basingstoke on Sunday night (5.30pm).

The Herd were still minus former Invicta man Elliott Dewey for this game and added Thomas Banner to their line-up again.

The sides exchanged early chances, before Invicta took the lead as Louis Colvin fired over the glove of Dan Weller-Evans at 8:55.

The first penalty of night saw the home side's Ryan Morgan depart for slashing and the Bison made the most of the extra man.

Adam Harding levelling things with a lovely slap shot, as he chalked up his sixth goal in three games. Richard Bordowski and man of the match Jay King picked up the helpers.

The home side then came looking for the go ahead goal and Colvin cracked a shot of the mask of Dan Weller-Evans and then Callum Best tipped a Oskers Ancitis shot, but the Bison goalie was equal to it.

At the other end only a superb stop by Invicta man of the match Conor Morris, denied Hallam Wilson the go ahead goal, as he threw himself across the goal crease to deny the forward.

After an early Bison powerplay in the second session, Morris was called into action to make a quick double save from Wilson and his brother Liam Morris.

Invicta import defenceman Ondrej Zosiak then took a tripping penalty and the Bison PP unit did the job again after the first shot was the saved the second hit the post and Alex Sampford made sure it was third time lucky. As on the first goal the assists went to Bordowski and King.

As the period came to a close Best hit the post again for the home side.

After the interval, Wilson stole the puck from Colvin, but his shot was saved as was the rebound from Sampford.

Bison's Ashley Tait then saw his shot hit the pipework and then Invicta went close, before Weller-Evans saved Ancitis’ backhand flick late in the session.

With just over a minute left, the Mos pulled their netminder to try and get the equaliser, but it was all in vain.