Bees en­joy two big wins

The Wokingham Paper - - SPORT -

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).

Pic­ture: Kevin Sly­field

Brack­nell cel­e­brate an­other big home win

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