On for the push for fourth
March 05, 2009
It’s been a while since my last bloggette, lots of things have happened both on and off the ice, allow me to briefly bring you up to speed on a few key areas,
We travelled to the wilds of Peterborough en mass (I did not sadly as the day job was taking over at that point), where we attempted to overturn a narrow first leg loss.
The boys quickly moved to a three goal lead on the night, two up overall, but tiredness and a few unfortunate decisions saw the Potties overhaul the lead with minutes to spare in the match, finally taking the tie 4-3, (6-4 on aggregate).
The boys were naturally devastated after the loss after controlling the match for such a long period, but as they say you learn a lot more from losing than winning and believe that when we are in a similar position next time (lets say the playoffs) both Bicks and Pete will remind that team that you play for the full sixty minutes and leave everything on the ice.
Let’s hope that moment comes in Coventry at the play off finals.
Just after that we saw Romford in a nail biting home and away double header.
Winning at home in overtime 2-1 in a very busy Hive, the boys put on a sterling performance against a Romford team that are improving every weekend and have the tall, lanky Kraijcek (god that lad's a freek!) in D for them.
Sadly the freek roughed up our livewire Tommy Duggan and had put him out for most of the remaining season as he partially dislocated his shoulder in the fall.
We then visited RVW in Romford for the return match.
Now I know we have been there before, but really that place gets worse all the time.
This time we received abuse from the local kids, a nice way to start the match.
The walk to the seats led us past the motley crue of injured staff, Joe Greener (ankle) Tom Duggan (shoulder) now joined by Jazzhands after having his foot drained of foul smelling puss the night before after the match (you really could not make this up).
We started badly, Romford moving quickly to a three nil lead.
We were that short on the bench that Bairdy was playing as front line centre!
We all thought he got lost for the first couple of shifts (there are no directions on ice), but all became clearer when he scored our first goal to get us back into it.
The second period saw the boys work themselves into the ground and they brought score back to 4-4, so all square moving to the final twenty.
Sadly for us, the Raiders scored a quick goal and there was no way back for us, the boys were just too tired.
I have to say, that we were all immensely proud of them all, they really could not have done any more against a team on a roll.
We also lost Oakey in the week to a stomach bug brought back from duty in Spain.
Hopefully, he’ll be back in training this week as we need all the players on the ice in the push for the playoffs.
We played the Lightning of MK on Saturday last, who played like a team on a roll.
They hit hard and gave no space to the Bees and we lost the match 4-1.
They reminded me of a Bees team of a couple of years ago and at time of writing are second in the league... the “mighty” Flickers are third and look like missing out on the much vaunted “back to back” title chase... you have to laugh really.
Sunday we were visited by Telford who have not had a good time of late and played like a team who were down on their luck.
Not a thrashing, but a very useful performance saw us win the match 8-1 (a thrashing would have been 10!) against a Telford that looked as if they did not want to be there in reality.
Watty scored a cracker of a goal from the face off that shook the back of the net, on his way to a deserved hat trick and man of the match.
We play them at their place on Sunday (always and odd day for an away match) and we’ll see if they are any different then.
Guess that depends on what happens to them the day before.
Our day before sees us playing host to the Scims of Sheffield, who need to win to maintain their play off hopes and keep Romford at bay.
So we will need all the fans in the Hive to drive the Bees forward as we want that fourth spot to ensure we stay ahead of Slow.
Its not really that important, apart from the bragging rights, the best team in Berkshire and the choice of home and away in the play off match.
That’s where we are aiming and we need everyone on and off the ice to do their bit.
We’re on the way to the play offs, let’s take the boys there on a sea of momentum.
Still proud to be a Bee!!