Coach's decision to axe Kapicka looking justified

First published in Sport

IT SEEMS as if Ryan Aldridge’s controversial decision to release Michal Kapicka was the right one after his side continued their winning ways on Sunday with a 3-2 victory at Telford, writes George Royle.

Aldridge could perhaps have released another import, the Finn Mattias Perkkio, but he has put in 100 per cent in the last few games, playing some of his best hockey.

On Sunday, it was a tight game from start to finish and this was reflected in the goalless first period.

Telford opened the scoring midway through the second period when Juraj Senko slotted one past Thomas Murdy on his return from injury. That goal was soon to be cancelled out by Swindon less than a minute later as Nicky Watt continued his goal-scoring form for the Wiltshire side.

With five minutes to go in the second period, Perkkio gave the Wildcats a lead, but Thomas Soar hit straight back for the hosts to end an entertaining period with the score at 2-2.

The third period was a vital one for the Cats as they attempted to win their third straight game. Jonas Hoog sealed the crucial two points for Swindon with Aaron Nell and Perkkio grabbing assists.

The victory takes Swindon up to seventh place in the league table, sitting 14 points behind league leaders Basingstoke.

Swindon’s season appears to have turned a corner and the only direction they will travel now is up the table. With the squad almost at full fitness, the Cats are looking dangerous in attack and the defensive unit is a really good one.

Tomas Fojtik has added a vital ingredient to the team that the Wildcats needed – a defenceman bringing points to the team.

Going into the festive break, the schedule is more relaxed, with only one game a week rather than the usual two. The next game is on Boxing Day when the Cats entertain Peterborough. This is certainly a winnable game, which will hopefully give Swindon a lot of momentum before tackling a tricky double-header against Guildford.

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