Miles and Spearing out for rest of seasonBy Adam Lee
March 10, 2011
If Bracknell Bees are to make the play-offs this season, they will have to do it without captain Terry Miles and fellow forward Scott Spearing.
The duo have both been ruled out for the remainder of the EPHIL season after Spearing suffered a leg injury against Basingstoke Bison last month and Miles broke his hand in the 6-5 win over Sheffield Steeldogs on Saturday evening.
It is a massive blow to coach Gareth Cox’s threadbare squad, who had already lost import and top-scoring D-man Valdemar Pelikovsky after he was released by the club.
Despite being left with just two working forward lines, Bees beat play-off rivals Sheffield Steeldogs 6-5 at the Hive on Saturday night, but Sunday’s trip to Telford was just one game too many for the already stretched squad.
It leaves Bees five points behind Steeldogs having played a game more, and with a trip to Slough on Saturday (6.30pm face-off), things don’t get much easier for Cox’s side.
But if they are to keep their slender play-off hopes alive, then they must go on to beat Telford when they meet them at home on Sunday (6pm).
“Saturday was a good win for us and the boys showed a lot of spirit,” said Cox.
“We took a bit of exception to some of things Sheffield were doing, but they knew we had a big game on Sunday so they went out to try and work us hard and make sure we were tired for it.
“We were really short benched and had to go up to Telford with just two lines.
“We dominated the game, but in the end we got tired.
“We’ve now got a job to do against them this weekend.”
As Bracknell Hornets do not have a game this Sunday, Cox is expected to call up forward Grant Rounding to the Bees.
He will also try to bring another player up, with former Bee Danny Hughes likely to be included