Romford 1 Bracknell Bees 3By Alan Manicom
December 15, 2008
Tom Annetts followed up his third shut-out of the season with a man-of-the-match display last night as Bees moved level on points with fifth-placed Swindon Wildcats in the English Premier League.
Annetts has proved a worthy back-up when called upon to deputise in goal for Gregg Rockman this campaign.
And once again he ensured that Bees did not miss their first-choice netminder, who remains sidelined by an ankle injury.
Apart from conceding a goal in the opening period to Romford’s Scott Mackenzie, Annetts turned away everything else that came his way at the weekend.
The ever-improving Joe Greener put Bees back on level terms before the first break.
But although Andrius Kaminskas hit a post there was no further score in the middle session.
Bees, however, went ahead in the final period thanks to Ryan Watt’s first goal since rejoining the club from Swindon Wildcats a little less than three weeks ago.
And player-coach Adam Bicknell wrapped up the scoring at 51.04 to seal a win that moved Bees to within eight points of league leaders Guildford Flames, who have played two games more.
Bees can leapfrog Slough Jets into fourth place when they entertain their Berkshire rivals at the John Nike Leisuresport Complex tomorrow night (8pm).
Sheffield Scimitars 0 Bracknell Bees 4
First-period goals from player-boss Adam Bicknell and fellow British forward Joe Greener set Bees on the way to victory in Yorkshire on Saturday night.
Bicknell poked the puck in under Sheffield netminder Mark Lee’s pads to open the scoring, then Greener netted on an unassisted breakway.
Man-of-the-match Andrius Kaminskas made it 3-0 just 33 seconds into the middle session with a wrist shot from just inside the blue line.
But Bees had to wait until there was only a minute and a half of the game to go before Peter Jasik fired home their fourth on a breakaway.
Sheffield, who were without former Bracknell EPL double-winning forward Stephen Wallace and their Slovakian sharpshooter Peter Slamiar, could find no way past Bees’ impressive back-up netminder Tom Annetts, who posted a 32-shot shut-out.
Bees were also boosted by the return from injury of Roman Kelner and Sam Oakford.
Czech forward Kelner put in a steady performance on the second line just two weeks after his hernia operation, while talented young British defenceman Oakford showed made his comeback after missing Bees’ previous five games due to a groin strain.