The Basingstoke Bison have their second double header of the season against the Swindon Wildcats this weekend and have second spot in the National League in their sights.

A double success in regulation time this weekend for the Herd will see them take over from their Wiltshire rivals, who are currently occupy second spot.

The Bison fourth in the table are currently four points behind the Wildcats and one behind third placed Peterborough Phantoms, who they face at home a week on Saturday.

All three teams have played 46 games and have six left to play before the end of the regular season

So a top two place is very much within the Herd’s grasp and they will also be looking to avenge a double defeat against the Wildcats last month, which was the Bison’s last losses.

Since then the Herd have won their last four games including excellent wins over Sheffield and Leeds last weekend.

The first game this weekend is in Basingstoke and is a rare Friday night game with a 7.30pm face-off and on Saturday the Bison will travel to the Link Centre for a game which starts at 6.15pm.

The Herd will be without British defenceman Josh Kelly as he is ruled out, until the play-offs.

Looking ahead to this weekend’s double header in a series which is currently tied at 3-3, Bison player/coach Ashley Tait said: “When we played Swindon last time the major penalty call on Richard Bordowski changed the home game as we led 3-2 and lost 5-3 and then in Swindon we lost in overtime.

“We have since then gone on a good run and want to keep that going to the play-offs. Results in recent weeks have gone for us and now second is not beyond us. So it is big weekend.”