BRACKNELL Bees ace Shaun Thompson skated off the ice following Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat by Telford Tigers and told the News: “It’s just not happening for us. We are just not scoring enough goals at the moment,” writes Dave Wright.

But just 24 hours later, it was a totally different story as Bees found their scoring form to secure a memorable 7-2 win at Hull Pirates, their first victory in 12 EPIHL matches.

“We stuck to our game plan and the team responded well,” said Thompson.

Bees were missing skipper Matt Ford, Scott Spearing, Josh Smith and new-signing Rupert Quiney due to injury, but Thompson added: “You look to guys to step up and they seem to be doing that.”

The effort they put in against table-topping Telford wasn’t quite reflected in the scoreline, with Bees’ No 13 admitting: “It was a tough one to take.

“I felt we outplayed them at times, but if you don’t score, you don’t win. We were disappointed to concede the goals we did.

“There was a mental lapse on their first goal, a lucky bounce on the second and an empty net for the third – so that was tough. Our luck has to change.”

Bees have not won two games in a row since early November, and they will do well to repeat it this Saturday when they go to fourth-placed Basingstoke (6.30pm face-off).

“Every game is now important to us,” continued Thompson, who will be visiting his former club for the second time in five weeks.

“I got a frosty reception last time due to a little incident while I was there, but I don’t hold any grudges. I have a lot of good mates there, but for those 60 minutes there are no friends.”