Backnell Bees aim to claw back Wildcats deficitBy Adam Lee
February 09, 2012
Rob Lamey is setting his sights on overtaking Swindon Wildcats and claiming seventh spot in the EPIHL, rather than worry about Peterborough Phantoms breathing down their necks.
Bracknell Bees are now locked in a three-way battle for the last two play-off spots, sandwiched between Swindon and Peterborough in eighth position.
But captain Lamey has urged his team-mates to try to forget about Peterborough and concentrate solely on making up the one-point gap that now separates themselves and Swindon.
However, that will be some task for Bees to achieve this weekend, as they face a difficult away trip to MK Lightning on Saturday night (7pm face-off), followed by the visit of leaders Guildford Flames on Sunday (6pm).
Lamey, who played for Guildford between 2006 and 2011, admits he has never been in a league position like this before, but is relishing the intensity of the battle to make the play-offs.
“It’s not a situation I’ve ever been involved in, but it certainly is exciting,” he said.
“Swindon are now back in the fold and it means every game we play we have something to play for and that is important.
“This feels a lot more intense than any situation I’ve ever been in because there is a hell of a lot to lose in each game in terms of keeping that play-off spot.
“But if we can get above Swindon then that will give us an even better phsycological boost.
“Peterborough still won’t quite let go, though and they have improved a hell of a lot as the season has progressed.
“We just have to focus on what we are doing and make sure we put ourselves in a position that other teams can’t affect – our focus now has to be on catching Swindon.”
Having taken three points from a possible six against MK this season, and just one point from a possible eight against Guildford, it shows just how much Bees will have to do to take anything away from this weekend’s games.
But 31-year-old Lamey, who with 29 points this season is Bees’ most productive British forward, is adamant that there are points to be gained.
And he has even suggested that, should Bees play to their full potential, then a four-point haul could be on the cards.
“This Saturday we will go into the MK game knowing they are a team we have done quite well against and enjoyed some success against recently,” said Lamey.
“Last time we played them we showed that if we match their intensity, are more disciplined and stick to the game plan then we can get a result.
“We have shown we are more than capable of playing with them.
“Results haven’t gone our way against Guidlford this season, but they have a hell of a team and you expect nothing less than a battle when you play them.
“Every point is as important to them as it is to us at the moment too.
“There are a few personal things in the dressing room and a lot of players want to prove a point against them.
“And we have shown that, at least at our rink, we can compete with them, but it is going to be a hard game especially as they are playing so well at the moment.
“We have to be disciplined – you can’t let them have a free chance.
“They will create chances themselves all game, so they are too good a team to hand them opportunities.
“We will have to play a disciplined defensive game, and then when we get the chances we will have to take them.
“Playing an open game suits them – they have strong experienced players throughout their squad.
“Everyone has played against them enough to know the style they play – Guildford have always played the same winning combination so everyone is clued up on them.”
Bees could be back to full strength this weekend with Carl Graham expected to return following a lengthy lay-off, while Bradley Watchorn is also expected back.