Bees’ fury as Foord is banned for Telford tripBy Alan Manicom
December 05, 2008
Matt Foord will miss Bracknell Bees’ crunch English Premier League game at Telford Tigers tomorrow (5.30pm face-off).
The young British forward was suspended for last Sunday’s 4-0 home defeat by local rivals Guildford Flames, having triggered an automatic one-match ban for picking up a match penalty in the previous night’s 6-2 win at Isle of Wight Raiders
And after speaking to the referee, Bees player-boss Adam Bicknell was hopeful that Foord would escape further punishment.
But disciplinary chiefs have reviewed the circumstances surrounding Foord’s bust-up with Isle of Wight’s Alan Green in the penultimate minute of last Saturday’s match and increased the suspension to two matches.
So Foord will now miss a game that also counts towards the EPL Cup qualifying table.
A disappointed Bicknell said: “It is unbelievable. That is the second time this season I’ve been told that a match penalty would only warrant a one-match ban and a panel has come back and increased the suspension to two games.
“We had the same happen with Jeff Hutchins on the island.”
Bicknell is now planning to play through the pain of his knee injury to bolster Bees’ firepower.
But he is very wary about calling upon big Czech forward Roman Kelner just eight days after his hernia operation.
Bicknell said: “Roman says he doesn’t feel pain like others, but I don’t think he’s super human.
"I’ve had friends who have been laid up for six weeks after the op he has had so I think I’ll be advising him not to play.”
Bicknell, who has missed Bees’ last seven games due to a pinched cartilage, added: “I am going to play tomorrow and we’ll see how it goes for the Sunday when we will have Foordy back anyway.”
On Sunday Bees are at home (6pm face-off) to a Swindon Wildcats team that has just appointed Ryan Aldridge, one of Bicknell’s predecessors, as their new player-coach.
Aldridge, who led Bees to a League and Championship play-off double two seasons ago, at first shied away from replacing his close personal friend Peter Russell, who only days earlier had been sacked as Swindon coach.
But now that he has been persuaded to take the job, Aldridge is sure to want to take full advantage against a Bees side that is already ravaged by injury to key players.
Defencemen Sam Oakford (groin) and Scott Moody (knee) are still ruled out, while back-up goalie Tom Annetts is standing by just in case netminder Gregg Rockman fails a late fitness test on his injured ankle.
But Bicknell is still expecting Bees to take four points from the weekend, adding: “Ourselves, Telford and Swindon are all on 22 points. If we want to make an impression in the league, these are games we must win.
“We may be a bit short up front, but the defence has been playing well recently and we still have enough quality to win both games.”
Telford and Swindon have both faltered after bright starts to the season.
Last Sunday’s 5-4 victory at Peterborough was only the second game that Telford have won in six matches, while Swindon, who lost twice to Slough last weekend, were second in the table a little more than a month ago.
So far this season honours are even between Bees and Swindon with a win apiece at each other’s rinks.