SLOUGH Jets head coach Craig Moran admits he got off to a dream start after watching his side win 4-2 against Basingstoke Bison on Sunday.

Slough had suffered defeat in their two previous clashes with the Bison this season, and Moran was just days into the job having replaced Slava Koulikov only days earlier.

But the former assistant coach was able to mastermind a victory that lifts the Jets above rivals Bracknell Bees into fifth place in the English Premier Ice Hockey League.

“To be fair I don’t think the fans thought we could come away with a win with the players we had, and I could see their point,” Moran told the Observer.

“We’ve had a few close games with Basingstoke but hadn’t been successful until Sunday. They were short-staffed but still had a full squad and can upset teams in this league.

“To win any game against the top five is great and the players that are leaving played as true professional sportsmen.

“Things couldn’t have gone any better for my first game in charge.” Slough scored the only goal of the first period at the Hangar when Darius Pliskauskas netted from Dan Davies in the 13th minute.

The middle stanza began with a strong comeback from the visitors, Nicky Chinn equalising at 23.13 and then providing the assist for Joe Rand in the 26th minute.

The Jets, though, were not to be outdone with Ales Padelek levelling the scores with a powerplay goal at 34.12 and then edging his side back in front in the 39th minute.

Basingstoke pressed for a route back into the match in the final period, but Slough secured the points when forward Padelek completed his hat-trick at 50.33, finishing from Pliskauskas and Davies.

Despite the win, Moran believes his new-look side face a difficult double-header against Milton Keynes Lightning this weekend. Slough travel to the Coventry Skydome on Saturday (7.30pm face-off) before returning to home ice this Sunday (6.30pm).

“We’ve played Milton Keynes home and away, and going to Coventry is always hard,” he warned. “The rink is tough to play in, very somber because there are not many fans there.

“Milton Keynes have got great British talent who never give up and play well together.

“I would like to get at least one point from the weekend and I think we’re capable with the talent we’ve got in the team.” AS THE countdown to Christmas gathers pace, Slough Jets will admit ‘Kids for a Quid’ this Sunday for the visit of Milton Keynes Lightning.

The offer applies to Slough and Lightning supporters under the age of 16, whether they are accompanied by an adult or not.

Jets director of operations Steve English said: “We’re not playing again until January, so our ‘Kids for a Quid’ offer this Sunday is a thank you to fans for their support this season.

“Hopefully it will allow people to enjoy their hockey experience when the financial priority is present buying at this time of year.” The Hangar opens at 5.30pm with face-off an hour later. For more information please e-mail English at senglish@sloughjets.co.uk.

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