Kaminskas vows to improve goal tallyBy Alan Manicom
October 10, 2008
Andrius Kaminskas has blamed Bracknell Bees’ stuttering start to the season on a failure to convert chances.
The Lithuanian international concedes that he has been one of the worst culprits and will be going all out for goals at Milton Keynes Lightning tomorrow (7pm face-off) and at home to Sheffield Scimitars on Sunday (6pm).
To be fair to Kaminskas, he has scored in two of Bees’ last three English Premier League matches.
And he dropped back to defence midway through last Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Swindon Wildcats after Joe Baird was thrown out of the game for a boarding offence.
But the popular forward is still unhappy with his tally of two goals from six league games since his arrival from Romford Raiders in the summer.
He said: “You always want to score more and I know I should have scored more than I have.
“Every game I get three or four chances – maybe not all 100 per cent – but I need to improve on the number that I take.
“But I am working hard and trying my best and hopefully I will score in both games this weekend, added Kaminskas, who is nicknamed Bomber for the impressive hits he executes.
“People first gave me that name when I was at Romford and it’s carried on at Bracknell. Everyone calls me Bomber – even my girlfriend Clare.”
Kaminskas suspects the gruelling fitness work that Bees have been doing may recently may have taken the zip out of the players last weekend.
But he expects the team to reap the benefits in future weeks.
“It’s just my opinion, but I thought we looked a bit heavy-legged in the last couple of games.
“I don’t want to use it as an excuse, but we have been doing a lot of off-ice work in the gym which will pay off eventually.”
Kaminskas admits to being surprised at the way the table looks, adding: “It is a bit of a shock that Telford are in second place. But I think in another few weeks we will find out who the real title challengers will be.”
Olympic gold medalist Jamie Staff will be a special guest at the Hive for Bees’ game against Slough Jets on Sunday week.
Staff helped Great Britain win cycling’s team sprint competition by recording the fastest ever first-lap time.
And he is coming to Bracknell to cheer on his cousin Danny House, who plays on Bees’ third line.
Fans will get the chance to see the medal that Staff won in Beijing when he signs autographs in the family bar after the match.