SWINDON Wildcats player-coach Aaron Nell believes a rare Friday night fixture could work in his side’s favour as they look to make it back-to-back four-point weekends in the National League.

The Cats travel to Sheffield Steeldogs this evening before hosting Leeds Chiefs at the Link Centre on Saturday.

Swindon’s schedule is a change to the norm as they usually start their weekend fixture list on home ice before going on the road on Sunday.

Nell does not think that will unsettle his side, and in fact feels it could help them gain a twin win as they can go flat out against Sheffield before returning to the comfort of the Link – where they boast a perfect record of four wins from four.

“It will be a long trip and I am sure there will be lots of traffic on the M1 on a Friday afternoon but we are looking forward to it,” said Nell.

“Sheffield have had a very good start to the season and it will be different playing away first but I think it could help us.

“We want to try to get another four-point weekend and playing the away game first might be to our advantage.

“Friday will be a very difficult game, as will Saturday against Leeds – they won their first game on Sunday.

“It will be two tough games but we are looking forward to trying to get two more wins this weekend.”

This weekend will mark something of a step into the unknown for Swindon.

They have not competed in the same league as the Steeldogs since the 2016-17 English Premier League campaign, while Sunday’s meeting with Leeds will be the first between the two clubs following the Chiefs’ formation this year.

Cats coach Nell said: “I think Sheffield are going to be a bit of a different side.

“They have got some good young players and their two new imports seem to be very good too.

“They are going to be very confident and they are doing very well at home.

“It is going to be a good game first up and then facing Leeds will be completely new to us.

“Getting their first win of the season last weekend will have been a monkey off their back, and they will want to try to get their second one against us on Saturday.”