This weekend sees the Trane sponsored Basingstoke Bison play our second home game of the season against the Milton Keynes Thunder followed by an away fixture in Bracknell.

Thunder arrive in Basingstoke having had a mixed season and currently lie in 7th place with 9 points from 25 games. So far this season the Bison have played the Thunder 3 times and have won two...
Basingstoke Bison - EPL Champions
26th of October 2017

Weekend Preview - Home and away against the Fire

This weekend the Sherfield School Basingstoke are back on home ice and will face the Cardiff Fire.

The Herd has built up a good run of form with successive four point weekends and then showed great character to fight back in a sticky situation last weekend at Streatham.

The biggest name in the Fire roster has to be their captain, Nicky Chinn. For the fire to have recruited a player of that pedigree is a huge deal. He’s played in the super league, the elite league, the BNL, EPL and now NIHL as well as playing for Great Britain. As well as what he can bring from his own game he’s also got a wealth of knowledge to pass on to the younger members of the squad and help them benefit.

In defence they have former EPL players Alex Symonds and Brad Watchorn. Symonds played for the Devils before a season at Slough, a season at Basingstoke, two at Swindon and a partial season for the Bison in 15/16. He’s returned to hockey after a year out. Their other defensive standout is Brad Watchorn. He played the majority of his hockey in Bracknell spending some time on the Isle of Wight and in Invicta as well as a short spell in Slough. Like Symonds he signs to the Fire off the back of a year out.

There’s a healthy choice of netminders for Head Coach Mark Cuddihy to choose from including Basingstoke born Jordan Lawday.

Herd Head Coach Doug Sheppard looked forward to the weekend; “We want to make sure we’re working hard against a team that’s off to a slow start that we know will be hungry for their first win. We have to make sure we turn up and play hard so we avoid similar to what happened in Streatham last Sunday.

He went on to explain the imminent return of one of his players; “As a team we’ve missed Dan Davies who is now very close to returning. He was a big part of my plans when I built this team but I always said his health comes first and we weren’t rushing him back. We may even see a few shifts out of him this weekend but we’re all happy he’s so close to getting back on the team list.

Bison are on home ice on Saturday against the Cardiff Fire before playing the same team on the road on Sunday. Both games face-off at 6.30pm. You can save time and print your ticket in advance by buying online - click here