Red-hot Bicks can lead Bees to more gloryBy Alan Manicom
April 11, 2008
Adam Bicknell will be hoping to crown his excellent late-season form by lifting the English Premier League Championship play-off trophy this weekend.
Bracknell Bees’ captain has had a hand in more than half of the goals his team has scored on the way to booking their place in the last four at Coventry.
And Bicknell will be aiming to add to his tally of two goals and nine assists from just six qualifying games in tomorrow’s semi-final showdown against Sheffield Scimitars (3pm face-off).
After missing most of last season with a serious knee injury, Bicknell has bounced back by being voted players’ player of the year.
And he would like nothing more than to bring the curtain down on this season by helping Bees’ retain their play-off title.
Bicknell is certainly relishing icing on Bees’ first line with top goalscorer Michal Kanka and British forward Matt Foord.
Player-coach Dwight Parrish said: “Bicks has played well all year and he can do everything you ask of him.
“He and Matt Foord grew up together, and with Kanks between them, it is working well.
“Bicks is getting rewarded for his hard work with some points, but he is also very sound defensively and the three of them are shutting down other teams’ top lines.
“He has been in this situation before and knows what it takes to win.”
Parrish added: “He has taken the pressure off me, keeping the guys to plan and not letting them stray.
“There have been times when I have been doubting myself, and I know he will tell me his thoughts as well as giving me a view from the players.”
But Parrish knows Bees will need big performances from most of their players if they are to add to the English Premier League Cup that they won in February.
Czech defenceman Jan Melichar, scorer of the winning goal in the cup final against Slough Jets, is sure to have a key role again.
And Bees’ American boss will look to the team’s other two foreigners, Kanka and Peter Jasik, to provide the main attacking threat.
“The imports are here for a reason and I will be expecting big things out of those two,” said Parrish.