Dumas: Only a win is good enoughBy Adam Lee
March 11, 2010
After Saturday night’s surprise 8-0 thrashing at the hands of Swindon Wildcats, Bracknell Bees player/coach Claude Dumas insists the upcoming game with Romford Raiders has taken on even greater significance.
Last week, Dumas claimed that if Bees beat Swindon in their showdown in Wiltshire, it would have cemented their place in the top eight of the EPIHL and all-but secured a play-off spot.
But the defeat left Bees only two points ahead of their rivals and on the brink of throwing away all their hard work this season.
In Bracknell’s favour, however, is the fact that two of their remaining six league fixtures are at home to Romford, starting this Saturday (6pm face-off).
Dumas considers every game Bees play at the Hive to be winnable, but now insists that Saturday’s game is one that his side simply cannot afford to lose.
He has warned his players, however, that they cannot afford to take the league’s bottom side lightly, something they may well have been guilty of against Swindon on Saturday.
“It’s a must-win game,” said Dumas.
“We are at home and I expect to win pretty much every home game and we certainly feel they are beatable, so if we play our game on the night then we can get the two points.
“Anything less and I would be disappointed.
“We also need to respect that they can beat us so we cannot take them for granted.”
The following evening, Bracknell make the long journey north to play Manchester Phoenix.
Tony Hand’s team have dropped out of the top four in recent weeks, being replaced by the team that defeated Bees on Sunday, Basingstoke Bison.
Manchester are one of the only teams that Bees have failed to take any points from this season, and Dumas hopes to put that right this weekend.
“It’s going to be hard, but yes I feel we can get something,” he said.
“Compared to the other top teams, they give you a little bit more space to create things, but they are still very dangerous going forward.
“But we have a chance to upset them, we just have to go out there and take our chances.”
Dumas also paid tribute to his third line after Sunday’s performance.
Ashley Calvert and Callum Best were both on the scoresheet as Bees took a 2-1 lead at the end of the first period.
And Dumas hopes there is more to come from his young forwards.
“Their goals really brought back some momentum for us,” he said.
“When they score once it’s something, but to score twice was great, and they were also really well-worked goals.”