21st of September 2017
Weekend preview - Cats and Dogs for the HerdIt’s away then home this weekend as the Sherfield School Basingstoke Bison start their weekend on the road at Swindon Wildcats on Saturday ahead of the first Sunday home game of the season when the Sheffield Steeldogs are in Hampshire.
Bison go into the weekend on the back of a good road win last Sunday at Bracknell. The team started the game short and finished shorter with Aaron Connolly sidelined during the tilt but a good all round performance up front, in defence and in net saw them triumph for a couple of points in the National Cup.
The Wildcats recent seasons have been built forward from Stevie Lyle in the net but with the Welshman not returning this season 19 year old Renny Marr will do the bulk of the netminding duties. The other big news signing over the summer for the Link Centre outfit was Sam Zajac strengthening the defence.
Player/Coach Aaron Nell saw his playing season end early last year through injury. Arguably with the talent to succeed at EIHL level there’s every reason to suspect he’ll be a superstar at NIHL level and he’ll lead the forwards this season.
On Sunday the action returns to home ice as Sheffield make their first visit down South of the campaign. It’s all change in Sheffield as Greg Wood steps away from hockey and Ben Morgan takes over as Player/Coach. He’s retained Adrian Palak and brought in Milan Kolena from Telford along with Andrew Hurst from Hull Pirates.
Out goes James Hadfield who returned to hockey last year in Sheffield after missing a season through inury meaning netminding will come from Dmitri Zimozdra and Brandon Stones.
Bison Head Coach Doug Sheppard said of the weekend ahead; “We need to build off our performance last Sunday which was our best of the year so far. We did a lot of good things, little things like putting our bodies and paying the price it takes to win. Last Saturday we’re putting behind us and focusing on what we did Sunday.”
We’ve got to take care of business in Swindon on Saturday and we’re aware we owe our fans a result on home ice this weekend.”
Face off at the Link Centre on Saturday is at 6.15 ahead of the Sunday home game at the Basingstoke Arena with a 5.30 face off.