DAN Weller-Evans’ superb November back stopping the Bison to five straight wins, has be honoured with him being named November’s National League Player of the Month.

The very popular netminder now in his sixth season with the Herd, came out on top in a three man shortlist which included forwards Jason Hewitt from Hull and Telford’s Scott McKenzie.

Weller-Evans had a great run of games started with a 3-2 home success over the Milton Keynes, a game in which he won the man of the match in his first league start of the season. Just 24 hours later he turned away 45 shots as the Herd won in Peterborough and then enjoyed another great win on home ice as Telford were beaten in overtime.

The 26-year-old then helped the team to back to back away wins at Bracknell and Romford after a shoot-out.

These five games saw the netminder face 176 shots over the five games returning a very impressive 92 save percentage rate.

Weller-Evans said: “I really did not expect it, but it is great to get an award for me and the team.

I think out of the five wins I enjoyed the Bracknell one on the road the best.”

Bison player/coach Ashley Tait said: “The award is great for Dan and as a club we have two very good goalies.”

This weekend, Bison import Richard Bordowski will return from injury and as the Herd face a double header encounter with the Leeds Chiefs, while George Norcliffe and Jay King are injury doubts.

This Saturday, the Chiefs will make their first ever visit to Basingstoke for a game which starts at 6.30pm.

This match includes the popular Teddy Bear Toss, where fans throw cuddly toys in plastic bags onto the ice after the Bison’s first goal of the game.

Then on Sunday night (5.30pm), Leeds will play in Basingstoke again, this time as the home team as their new rink is not due to open until next month.

Looking ahead to the weekend, Tait said: “We are looking forward to seeing Richard back in our line-up. This is a potential banana skin weekend if we do not play as we can do.”