High fly­ing Bees draw level with Phantoms

The Wokingham Paper - - SPORT - By TOM CROCKER

BRACK­NELL BEES moved level on points with league lead­ers Peter­bor­ough Phantoms after back-to-back wins at the week­end.

Bees stormed past rock­bot­tom Cardiff Fire 8-1 at The Hive on Satur­day, with Shaun Thomp­son net­ting a hat-trick, be­fore a penalty win at In­victa Dy­namos on Sun­day to pick up a max­i­mum four points.

The wins move Brack­nell level on 20 points with Peter­bor­ough, who saw their un­beaten record shat­tered with de­feat to Lon­don Raiders on Satur­day.

Bees were once again without player-coach Scott Spear­ing this week­end as he con­tin­ues to re­cover from a non-hockey re­lated in­jury, while Jared Lane was also ab­sent for the visit of Cardiff.

And the hosts got off to the per­fect start, mov­ing ahead when Thomp­son tucked in after just three min­utes.

Frankie Bakr­lik soon dou­bled the tally be­fore Josh Ea­ley-New­man and Steve Os­man opened up a four-goal cushion be­fore the end of the first pe­riod.

Cardiff net­min­der Jor­dan Law­day was do­ing his best to keep the Bees at­tack at bay and the sec­ond stanza was level with both teams net­ting once each with Thomp­son and Jack­son Price scor­ing.

But Fire re­main rooted to the foot of the ta­ble with 13 losses from 13 after Alex Barker, Thomp­son and Will Stead all scored in the fi­nal pe­riod to win 8-1.

How­ever, it proved to be a much tougher evening on Sun­day.

Bees needed over­time to find a way past In­victa ear­lier this cam­paign and it went all the way to penal­ties this time around.

Cal­lum Fowler put the home side ahead early on, but Brack­nell lev­elled on five min­utes when Bakr­lik bun­dled in.

Both teams net­ted again be­fore the end of the first with Cal­lum Best putting the visi­tors ahead be­fore Josh Con­dren lev­elled up.

Brack­nell looked set for a shock de­feat when they fell

4-2 be­hind dur­ing the sec­ond pe­riod with goals from Con­dren and Fowler.

Danny In­goldsby re­duced the ar­rears and Bees forced an ex­tra pe­riod with just over two min­utes to play as Josh Martin pow­ered in an equaliser.

An ex­cit­ing over­time spell passed goal­less, lead­ing to penalty shots.

Jan Bendik missed, but Thomp­son and Barker scored to level up at 2-2 after three, mean­ing Thomp­son stepped for­wards again and clinched the win after Alex Met­tam had made a save.

Bees are in vi­tal cup ac­tion this week­end, need­ing re­sults from their dou­ble-header with Telford Tigers.

Shaun Thomp­son net­ted a hat-trick against Cardiff

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