LUKAS Smital has made no secret of the fact that Slough Jets have struggled for form and results at the start of the season.

Slough suffered a 6-2 defeat at home to Solent Devils on Saturday despite twice going ahead thanks to goals from Kurt Tyrrell and Smital.

Things got worse when The Jets were thrashed 15-0 away at Peterborough Phantoms on Sunday.

The results mean Slough have lost all six of their opening fixtures in National Ice Hockey League South Two and are rooted to the bottom of the league table.

“We’ve struggled and that’s no secret,” Jets player-coach Smital admitted to the Observer. “It is never going to be easy because we’re just rebuilding, but it’s always disappointing when you lose.

“We don’t go out to lose, but we had no chance of beating Peterborough and that’s exactly what happened.

“There are positives however, Saturday was a pretty good game, and we definitely competed. Despite the scoreline, I was very happy with a goal tending.”

Slough have six home fixtures between now and the Christmas break, starting with a visit from fourth-from-bottom Invicta this Saturday (6pm).

Smital commented: “We’re just trying to get back out there and get a win.

“I don’t know anything about them because I’ve not played in this league before. We will wait until we’ve played everyone once and then I will have a better idea.

“But, looking at their results, they seem to be a team that we might be able to compete with.”

Invicta have won once in their opening six matches and only Slough have a worse goals against total this season.

The Jets are then at home to Cardiff Fire on November 4 before their next away fixture.

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