Swindon Wildcats meet Peterborough Phantoms at home this Saturday...
Hot on the heels of their first road League win of the season at
perennial 'bogey team' Sheffield, the Wildcats' attention turns to
improving their home form as they welcome last season's treble-winners
to the Link Centre.
The Peterborough Phantoms arrive on Saturday with one of the toughest
questions to answer this season: What do you do when you've won
everything? Their answer, it seems, is to have a bit of a clear out
and then try to do it all again!
Eleven of last season's squad have moved on to pastures new, including
top scorer Nathan Remple (to Guildford), Craig Peacock and James
Hutchinson to Belfast and Hull respectively in the Elite league, and
four players down the A1 to join up with former Peterborough hero
Jesse Hammill at Rom Valley Way.
In their place comes two of the best players to turn out for the
now-defunct Telford Tigers last year in the form of Tom Carlon and
Alex Symonds, as well as the return of former Swindon junior Nick
Compton, back after another year in North America.
The biggest signing, though, is that of former SPHL hot-rod Jason
Cassells. Cassells was the free scoring forward that controversially
left the Tigers close to deadline day last season for a shot in the
Elite league with Edinburgh, and a player that the Wildcats were
linked with a couple of times over the summer by some rumour mongers,
making obvious connections between Cassells and former Wildcat hero
Coach Aldridge has been working with his players throughout the week,
analysing what went well in the first and third periods in last
Saturday's game against the Phoenix and paying particular attention to
the lapses that saw the league new boys bounce five straight goals in
the middle frame, as well as reflecting on the effective performance
on the large ice in Sheffield where his travelling 'Cats were unlucky
not to win by a much larger margin.
Face-off at the Link Centre on Saturday is 5.45pm!