SLOUGH Jets head coach Lukas Smital admits he has become a little nervous under the pressure of trying to win the National Ice Hockey League this season, writes Rob Stevens.

The Jets are on an incredible 22-match winning streak and lead division South Two by four points although they have played two more matches than the chasing pack.

Slough maintained their advantage at the top with a 15-4 win at bottom side Lee Valley Lions, before an 8-2 victory at Swindon Wildcats 2s on Sunday.

Smital believes those were two deserved wins but he has acknowledged the Jets might have to be victorious in their remaining three games to secure the title.

He told the Observer: "It's very difficult to predict what might happen because there are four teams all pretty much in a similar position.

"We need to win it all from here because if we lose to Oxford City Stars (March 23) then Solent Devils will jump ahead of us.

"It's best for us to focus on winning all three remaining games. If we can that would be great but you never know what can happen.

"Our form is hard to maintain but we need to be confident and not make little mistakes. One or two mistakes now can undo your whole season.

"Will we try not to speak about that as coaches but there's a lot of pressure. I want to win it but I'm a little bit nervous.

"The boys want to win it too. We had a great practice on Tuesday and the guys are really positive."

The Jets welcome sixth-placed Romford Raiders 2s to the Slough Ice Arena this Saturday (5.45pm) looking to repeat their win back in January.

Smital commented: "We can't underestimate Romford because they'll be a tough game and it'll be a big test for us. They have a lot of good, young players than can skate and play hard.

"They were quite indisciplined at their own place and we executed our chances on the powerplay, so their gameplan might be different this time.

"Hopefully we will not give them an opportunity but be confident and apply some pressure."