Annetts cements his place as Bracknell Bees’ first choiceBy Adam Lee
February 16, 2012
Having bided his time for the majority of the season, Bracknell Bees netminder Tom Annetts’ patience is now starting to pay off as he has made himself almost undroppable for head coach Gareth Cox.
However, the 25-year-old former Forest School pupil admits he can’t afford to let his game slip.
After more than two years as Bees’ first-choice goalie, Carl Ambler is now being forced to play second fiddle to former Guildford and Basingstoke man Annetts after suffering a slight injury last month.
And although Ambler is now fully fit, a string of top displays between the pipes from Annetts, crucial in maintaining Bees record of eight points from a possible 10, has made him a firm fans’ favourite at the Hive.
He was instrumental in the three-point weekend last week, performing miracles in Saturday’s over-time defeat at MK Lightning, before playing a starring role alongside Shaun Thompson in the penalty-shot win over Guildford on Sunday.
But with Ambler eager to reclaim his place in the team, Annetts admits he can’t take his foot of the pedal.
“I have been playing well, but you can’t get too high and start thinking I’m No.1,” he said.
“Carl’s a great goalie and he’s pushing me every week and I know if I have a bad game he’s there to step in.
“If you have the competition every week you know you have to work hard for that spot because you know someone’s breathing down your neck.
“You know if you keep working hard then your time will come, but all the boys have helped me out and are playing well in front of me, so all I can do is play well behind them.”
Annetts returned to Bees in the summer for his second stint at the club having left two season before for Basingstoke.
And he is keen to repay the faith the club have shown in him by helping Bees make the EPIHL play-offs for the first time since 2009.
“If we keep working hard and doing what we do then the way we’re playing now we can really achieve something this season,” he said.
Bees face two more tough games this weekend, away at Basingstoke on Saturday (6.30pm face-off) and then at home to Sheffield Steeldogs on Sunday (6pm).