Wokingham Today

Spearing hopes for another chance


SCOTT SPEARING says he hopes to be given another chance to bring success back to Bracknell Bees.

The club’s season finished in disappoint­ment at the weekend with a 10-7 aggregate play-off quarter-final defeat to London Raiders to bring to an end Spearing’s first campaign as head coach.

Having taken over from Lukas Smital with lofty ambitions to challenge near the top of the league, Spearing could only guide Bracknell to fifth in the NIHL Division 1 South table, 22 points off the top.

And he admits it has been a difficult challenge. “No matter how hard you think it may be, it’s never as hard as you actually realise once you’re in it,” Spearing told The Wokingham Paper.

“It’s definitely a new situation and a difficult thing to go through, especially coaching all my ex team-mates/friends and trying to tread that fine line between friendship and coach and team-mate, trying to balance them all up is very difficult.

“I’ve got more appreciati­on for people that do it and have done it, being a player-coach and even coaching.

“It’s not an easy one but it’s something I’ve learnt a lot from and I really, really appreciate the opportunit­y from (club directors) Carol (Miller) and Stuart (Robinson) to trust me and allow me to do it this year and I’m very proud that I was given that opportunit­y and I’d love to do it again.

“But I need to speak with Carol and Stuart either at the end of this week or the beginning of next week and find out exactly what’s going on with next year and then we can move on from there.”

Bees faced an uphill task to reach the semifinals after losing the play-off first leg 6-5 at The Hive on Saturday.

And while they levelled it at 7-7 overall on Sunday, Raiders pulled clear late on to win 4-2 on the night and 10-7 on aggregate.

“The most disappoint­ing thing is that we just didn’t play as well as we could,” said Spearing.

“That’s the worst thing. I understand that sometimes things don’t fall your way but we beat ourselves.

“It wasn’t the fact we got beaten by a better team.

“We made mistakes to cause the loss and that’s obviously very disappoint­ing.”

For more from Spearing, see The Sports Paper inside.

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