Bees enjoy two big wins
BRACKNELL BEES kept the pressure on the leading duo with two more big wins at the weekend.
Bees sit third in NIHL Division One South, level on points with second-placed Peterborough Phantoms and one point behind pace-setters Swindon Wildcats after six matches.
The latest successes were emphatic, thumping Streatham 6-1 at The Hive on Saturday evening before travelling along the M4 to ease past Cardiff Fire 5-1 on Sunday.
The weekend got off to a perfect start with Bees going ahead 1-0 through Jan Bendik after just two minutes in a first ever league meeting against Streatham.
Frankie Bakrlik soon doubled the tally as the visitors’ physical approach was not paying dividends.
Bendik was on the receiving end of a strong challenge by Jamie Hayes, while led to James Galazzi steaming in to dish out some retribution, which led to a 2+2 penalty for fighting.
Bees moved 3-0 up just two minutes into the second period with Tom Avery tapping in before Streatham began to battle back.
Bracknell held firm for the most part and added a fourth goal when man-of-the-match George Norcliffe fired past netminder Matt Colclough.
Ryan Webb pulled one back but late strikes from Norcliffe again and Callum Best sealed a 6-1 victory.
And that form carried through to Sunday, although Scott Spearing’s men had to be patient to break down a Cardiff side they had demolished 11-1 just two weeks previous.
The evening got off to the worst possible start for Bracknell as they were forced to don Cardiff away jerseys after forgetting to pack their own kit for the trip to Wales.
Bakrlik, Josh Martin and Norcliffe all tried their luck before the deadlock with finally broken on 18 minutes when Steve Osman sped through and fired high into the net.
Shaun Thompson added a second less than a minute into period two, but in vast contrast to the reverse fixture at The Hive, the score stayed at 2-0 heading into the final stanza.
Bracknell began well, quickly going 3-0 up through Thompson again before finally carving through the league’s strugglers with more ease as Bakrlik smashed home.
Bakrlik then tapped in a fifth before Fire pulled one back late on.
Bracknell are in cup action this Sunday, hosting Basingstoke Bison in the National Trophy (6pm).
Bracknell celebrate another big home win