SWINDON WILDCATS: Aldridge anticipates tricky trip to Basingstoke

This Is Wiltshire: Swindon Wildcats head coach Ryan Aldridge Swindon Wildcats head coach Ryan Aldridge

GOING to Basingstoke and getting two points has never been easy, according to Swindon Wildcats head coach Ryan Aldridge.

The Link Centre team begin their weekend with a trip to Hampshire to take on a Bison side that are second in the EPL and in the final of the EPL-Cup after beating Guildford in midweek.

Aldridge, who spent two spells at Basingstoke during his playing career, saw Swindon fall 4-3 at Peterborough on Sunday and knows his troops face a tough challenge to bounce back against their high-flying hosts tomorrow.

He said: “I don’t think Basingstoke is anything like as hard to play in as Peterborough, but it’s just one of those places that’s an awkward building to play in and you can’t get any flow and rhythm.

“That’s a lot to do with the building, because it’s a tough place to go and play, so we’ve got to go there and be professional.

“There’s two horrible little changing rooms and although the ice pad is a good size, the roof is low so it feels like you haven’t got a lot of room even though you have.

“When I used to play there we used to love it, because everyone else hated it.”

Following on from Saturday’s clash, Swindon then face Slough for the fifth time this season in a rare Sunday night home game.

Wildcats trail 3-1 in the head-to-head this season but won the most recent meeting between the teams in November, triumphing 4-3 at the Hangar.

Aldridge added: “Slough have made a lot of changes since we last played them and have been getting some decent results, so it will be an interesting game.”

Wildcats will be bolstered by the return to fitness of Shane Moore this weekend, after the captain recovered from the eye problem that kept him out of the loss at Peterborough.

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