Bicknell rues Bees’ missed chancesBy Alan Manicom
December 02, 2008
Adam Bicknell believes Bracknell Bees paid the price for missed chances in Sunday’s 4-0 home defeat by Guildford Flames – and
insisted that the scoreline flattered the English Premier League leaders.
Despite being without five senior players due to injury and suspension, Bees outshot Guildford 32-25.
They piled on the pressure after going behind to an early goal by ex-Bee Lukas Smital, but were denied by another of their former
players, netminder Joe Watkins, who was in inspired form.
Bicknell said: “I think if we’d scored early in the first or second period it might have been a different game. We had loads and loads of
“But everybody gave their all and I couldn’t ask for any more effort. It’s a hard loss to take.
“Sure the legs went a little bit, but I don’t want to make excuses.
“I think a 4-0 scoreline flattered them a little bit. They rode their luck.
“Watkins made some really awesome saves. I know he’s been struggling for form and I think he’s been under a bit of pressure so fair
play to him because he kept them in it. I think they owe him a few beers for that one.”
Bicknell, who has been sidelined by a pinched cartilage in his knee, revealed that he is considering icing next weekend to help Bees
through their current manpower shortage.
Defencemen Sam Oakford (groin strain) and Scott Moody (knee) are still a couple of weeks away from returning, while new Czech
import Roman Kelner is the latest player to join the injury list.
Bicknell said: “Roman had a hernia operation on Friday.
“He’s going to be able to ride a bike this week, but it’ll be a couple of weeks before he can do any contact stuff.”
It is a big blow for 6ft 3in Kelner, who has just joined Bees as a replacement for axed forward Jeff Hutchins, and was only two games
into his comeback from a two-year break from competitive hockey.
Bicknell added: “The team had started to settle down a bit and Roman was giving us another nice dimension, but we’ve been
chopping and changing all year.”
Bees’ boss admitted he was disappointed by his side’s failure to score from seven powerplays against Guildford, but added: “Of the
players that we had out, Roman and Matt Foord are both important parts of our powerplay.
“Maybe we should have converted those powerplays, but Guildford have the best goalkeeper in the league.”
Bees should at least have Foord back for next Saturday’s game at Telford Tigers and Sunday’s home clash with Swindon Wildcats.
He was suspended for the Guildford game after receiving a match penalty in the previous night’s 6-2 win at Isle of Wight Raiders.
The British forward scored twice before being thrown out in the penultimate minute of Saturday’s match for a roughing offence after a
bust-up with Isle of Wight’s Alan Green.
Bicknell, though, believes Foord’s automatic one-match ban is unlikely to be increased by the league’s disciplinary officials this week.
Bees’ boss said “He should get just the one game hopefully. That’s what the ref said.
“I thought it was a bit of harsh call.”