Well it has been a long time coming - finally we have delivered on a four point weekend and more importantly delivered back to back (three in a row if including Guildford away) performances. Our consistency has been a major issue this season and this weekend we were able to string together 6 committed periods of hockey that allowed us to take maximum points from a good Bracknell side.
I can probably say that Saturday night's performance against Peterborough was one of the most disappointing that I have been a part of in the last 10 or so years. It was incredibly frustrating that we came out so flat against a team that used to bring out our best. I know the rivalry probably is not what it used to be but to come out and be that flat against any team let alone Peterborough is unacceptable. We lacked the required energy to break our opponents down and rarely threatened. Defensively we were about as poor as I have seen us all year conceding several odd man rushes rarely winning any 50/50 battles or foot races. We were second best for most of the night. The fact that we were given an opportunity to win the game when Janne converted his penalty shot with 6 minutes to go and failed to do so added to our and the fans frustrations. We got what we deserved.
After last Saturday's frustrating loss to Swindon I have had time to reflect and I feel it is time to step aside as one of our 4 non-British trained players and bring in a replacement that will allow me to focus full time on coaching. The 5-4 loss highlighted our inconsistency that has been present since the start of the season. At times we have played some great hockey that has seen us win some very exciting games at home but we have also struggled to find the required levels to win on the road and thus have not had any winning runs. As coach it is ultimately my responsibility to make sure there is accountability for our performances both as individuals and collectively.
Chris Wiggins suffered a knee injury on Sunday 9th in Manchester and will be out for the upcoming weekend's match against Slough. Wiggy went to hospital the following day but there was too much swelling around the knee to get a clear picture of the damage. He has another appointment later this week and we are hoping for a clearer indication of how long he will be out of action for. We will keep you all updated with further news on Chris's injury as we get it.
Michael Farn Update
Farny is struggling with an ongoing knee injury that is causing him pain at the moment. He was unable to play on Sunday 9th and is having treatment this week. We will know more as the week and treatment progress and will be able to take a view on the Slough game later in the week. We will keep you updated with his progress.
I would personally like to say a big thank you to all our sponsors who jumped on board right away when being approached for this event, the Garaway family for doing the catalogue, Planet Ice Karen Lazereg, the Supporters Club, Karen Starkey, Rebecca Bunyan, Vito Rausa who did a wonderful job as the auctioneer, the MK LIGHTNING players who played along and gave up some of their personal time for this cause, and last but not least thank you to all our great fans in MK who made this evening not only a great success but also very enjoyable! We have raised £1825 on the night and have still 1 item to add to the total once they have sold! Sylvia x