Gregg's a Rock at the backBy Alan Manicom
October 21, 2008
Netminder Gregg Rockman was hailed as outstanding by Bracknell Bees player-coach Adam Bicknell after Saturday’s 2-0 win at Swindon Wildcats.
The Bees goalie turned away all 29 shots on the way to posting his first shut-out of the season.
And Bicknell said afterwards: “Rocky really kept us in it at times.”
Bees have the meanest defence in the English Premier League, having conceded just 21 goals in nine games.
And their form at the back in recent matches has been highly impressive.
“We have let in just three goals in our last three games,” said Bicknell. “I cannot ask for much more than that.
“But it is not just down to the defence and goalie because our forwards have been defending well too. Our penalty-killing has been particularly good.
“We started the season a bit shaky in defence, but it is something we have been working on.
“We concentrate far more as a unit in our own end now.”
Bicknell is well aware, though, that Bees need to do better at the other end of the rink.
Only second-from-bottom Sheffield have scored fewer goals.
But Bicknell said: “Scoring is all about being creative and playing with confidence. The other end will come.”
Bicknell is set to persevere with the line changes that he made after his side’s 1-0 home defeat by Sheffield nine days ago.
He said: “We were in a bit of a rut and heads were down. So I moved onto the first line with Peter Jasik and Joe Greener. I wanted to lead from the front a bit more rather than from the bench.
“I think the changes worked quite well. Jeff Hutchins seemed to get on ok alongside Tom Duggan and Bomber (Andrius Kaminskas).
“And Foordy gave the third line a bit more presence.
“I never would have thought those lines would have worked at the start of the season.
“But I am learning that what looks good on paper is not necessarily the best combination.”
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