Bracknell Bees are no soft touchBy Adam Lee
October 09, 2009
Despite losing five of their first six games this season, Bracknell Bees player/coach Claude Dumas believes his team are no pushovers, and this is backed by the status they are gaining among their fellow EPIHL clubs.
Bees narrowly lost both their games at the weekend, 4-2 at league leaders MK Lightning on Saturday and 4-3 at home to Basingstoke Bison the following night.
But Dumas, whose former club Telford Tigers were renowned for their work ethic and commitment from start to finish, believes Bees are beginning to earn a similar reputation.
Even the fans have been full of praise for the passion the players have shown since the 9-0 drubbing in their opening game of the season at Slough Jets, with attendences at the Hive rising.
“I knew when I took over that the players weren’t there so we tried to bring in people who would wear the shirt proudly,” said Dumas.
“Everyone now knows that when they play Bracknell they are going to have a hard game and that’s what we wanted from the start.
“Besides the first game at Slough, we have been there until the last five minutes in every game.”
Bracknell will play high-flying Milton Keynes for the third time this season when the Bucks side travel to the Hive on Sunday (6pm face-off).
And Dumas is unsure whether facing them so regularly early in the season is a good thing for his side as they look to string a few wins together.
“Sometimes it’s good sometimes it’s bad,” he added.
“Sunday will be the third time already that we have played MK and it’s not necessarily the best time to play them because they are high on confidence.
“Things change throughout the season, though, and it will be a good time to beat them because it will give us a boost.
“We nearly did them over at their place, so why not at home.”
First up for Bees, however, is their return trip to Basingstoke tomorrow (6.30pm face-off).
They will be without star forward Jaroslav Cesky (suspension) and defenceman Greg Randall (broken finger).