08:00PM, Friday 19 November 2021
Photo by Kevin Slyfield.
Bottom of the table TSI World Bees play a crunch fixture against Leeds Knights this weekend who sit just one place above them in the NIHL National League.
The Bees lost a double fixture against Milton Keynes Lightning last weekend, going down by two scores in both the home and away matches.
Saturday’s opponents are on a five game losing run and are level on points with the Bees, adding to the significance of the fixture in Leeds.
Bees Head Coach Doug Sheppard said: “We’re down on confidence at the moment.
“We need to get our heads high, trust and believe in each other and play to our strengths.”
The Bees attention then turns to the visit of Swindon Wildcats on Sunday evening, who have won four of their last five encounters.
Sheppard said: “This is another tough weekend for us but players need to put previous results in the rear view mirror, play together as a unit and we know if we do that we are capable of winning hockey games.”
After a number of key players returned from injury last weekend it was a blow to lose talisman Josh Smith in the first fixture against Lightning.
However the team has been aided by the return of Harvey Stead who reovered quicker than anticipated following a serious neck injury.
The Bees are on six points and are yet to pick up a point from four fixtures in November but sit just three points off fifth-placed Raiders.