SLOUGH Jets extended their winning streak in the National Ice Hockey League to nine matches after a 7-1 victory over Swindon Wildcats 2s on Saturday, writes Rob Stevens.

The Jets took the lead inside seven minutes at the Slough Ice Arena with a goal from Samuel Talbot, but Jake Williams equalised for the visitors before the first buzzer.

The home side raised their game in the middle period with a brace from Sean Norris, plus further goals from Nathan Darmanin and Liam Underdown.

Slough secured the points in the final stanza when Talbot fund the back of the net and Norris scored again to complete his hat-trick.

Jets player-head coach Lukas Smital told the Observer: “Swindon aren’t the strongest team, but a very young side as most are junior players. They surprised me and played pretty well in the first period.

“We weren’t at our best early on but changed our line-up and it was a deserved victory in the end.

“I don’t keep count over how many games we’ve won in a row because even though we’re winning there’s still a way to go.

“We’ve not reached our potential yet so this weekend is going to be a big test for us.”

The win means Slough remain in third position in the league table ahead of a short trip to Bracknell Hornets this Saturday (6pm).

Smital, a former Bracknell Bees player and head coach, said: “It never was a derby but Bracknell should be a lot better team because they’ve spent a lot of money on players, whereas we don’t.

“For me, it’s just another game, that’s how I will take it. I want to do my best to lead the team out and get the two points.

"Whatever the result, it will not effect us in the future but the guys will be ready for the challenge.

"I can see the improvement already and it's mostly mental in this game. You're not going to get faster or stronger overnight, it's more about confidence and all round awareness

"We're getting better with time, and we play together not as individuals, that's a big thing for us and brings us results."