Swindon Wildcats and Leeds Knights will go head to head before Christmas for the first NIHL silverware of the year – the Autumn Cup Final.

The Wildcats overcame Telford Tigers in their semi final, winning 6-3 at home and 6-4 in Shropshire for a 12-7 aggregate.  Knights battled in a Yorkshire derby with Sheffield Steeldogs and won 3-1 at Ice Sheffield and a 6-5 thriller at Elland Road.

Swindon will host the first leg of the Final on Friday December 17th at 7.30pm.

Tickets are on sale now online, season ticket holders will have seats reserved until December 11th before they are released on general sale.

The second leg at Leeds is on Thursday December 23rd at 7.30pm.

Tickets for the game are on sale now and available here and our season ticket holders will have until the December 16th to reserve their seats. If you are a Swindon fan attending the game, please book in block 1.

Swindon player-coach Aaron Nell said: “We’ve come a long way in this competition and we’re excited to get going against Leeds in the final. The Autumn Cup holds a special place in the hearts of our fans and it’s been 30 years since Richie Howe and his team won against the MK Kings. It would be a perfect way to remember the past by lifting the trophy.

However, standing in front of us is a team who will be very tough to play against. Hopefully we can pack out the Link Centre and then take a bumper crowd to Leeds for the second leg!”

Leeds Knights head coach Dave Whistle added: “Swindon are a good side and we’ve had some great games against them this season so far. The team are all excited for the final and we hope we’ll be able to bring the first piece of silverware to Leeds as the best early Christmas present for the Knights fans!”

Photo credit: Kat Medcroft