TONY Milton insists that winning a match this season would be an achievement for Slough Jets after their future was put in doubt last year.

Following numerous delays to the decommissioning of Slough Ice Arena and the construction of a temporary rink, it was revealed the Jets considered not entering the National Ice Hockey League.

Slough won once in 10 matches before losing their home ice and they have suffered defeat in both games since the turn of the year, most recently a 6-2 loss at Invicta Mustangs on Sunday.

However, Milton argues that this season is all about survival and not winning South Two East.

“This season is all about keeping the club going and for us that’s an achievement,” the Jets head coach told the Observer. “We could so easily have entered the league this year but we’ve managed to keep on going.

“We will soon have our home ice back and continuity for next season. Any kind of win is some achievement for us as we were not expecting to win the league this season.

“In the next couple of weeks we will look to get our fitness back and steal a few points off teams. That’s what we will look to achieve this year.”

Commenting on the defeat at Invicta Mustangs, where Timo Lindgren and Kirk Evans scored consolation goals, Milton said: “I am really pleased with the guys and if I’m brutally honest it was only in the last period that they got on top.

“It was 2-2 just before the end of the season period but they scored right before the buzzer, so we went in 3-2 down but that’s nothing in ice hockey. We ran out of legs in the final period but generally we’re starting to get fitter through games and not training sessions.”

The scheduled match between Slough and Cardiff Fire South 2 in South Two Cup A on the temporary ice on Saturday has been postponed.

 Slough return to league action at Lee Valley Lions on Sunday (5.30pm).