BRACKNELL Bees eased to a comfortable 6-1 win over Invicta Dynamos in their top-versus-bottom clash in Gillingham on Sunday, writes Dave Wright.

Ed Knaggs, Brendan Baird, Aidan Doughty, David Millner, Scott Spearing and Zach Milton were all on target, but they could and should have had a lot more as they fired in a remarkable 70 shots towards the home goal.

Cash-struck Dynamos went into the game following a rescue package that saw fans raise £5,000 to keep the club afloat.

So the supporters probably felt they deserved to be better rewarded than seeing Joe Allen receive a misconduct penalty even before the puck was first dropped with the match officials deeming he had broken away from the line before the end of the National Anthem.

And Bees – who were missing Shaun Thompson, Vanya Antonov and Josh Smith – took advantage with a power-play goal from Knaggs in the third minute.

Dynamos, still seeking their first league win of the season, drew level through Ryan Giles with a power-play goal in the 16th minute, but it took just two minutes for the Bees to regain the lead with Spearing creating the chance for Baird.

Josh Martin picked up a couple of penalties early in the middle period before Doughty extended the lead in the 32nd minute.

Invicta hit further penalty trouble with a procession of calls made which resulted in Millner scoring his first for Bees on the power play at 37.56, making it 4-1.

In all, five home players received penalties in a six-minute spell in the second period and in 13 games they have now totted up a whopping 311 penalty points.

The short-benched Bees enjoyed a good start to the third as Spearing returned from a second-period penalty and immediately scored on the breakaway at 41.56 with an assist for net-minder Danny Milton and Zack Milton completed the scoring with a fraction under six minutes left on the clock, with Roman Malinik getting his second assist.

Brendan Baird secured Bees’ man of the match vote.

Head coach Doug Sheppard said: “I thought we worked hard and took care of business and came away with the points. It was good to see David get his first goal and we put Zach on defence for the final period and he scored as well which was great to see.”

Their 10th win in 13 games leaves Bracknell three points clear of second-placed Swindon Wildcats, but having played three more matches.

The Berkshire Cycles sponsored side host Streatham on Saturday (6pm face-off) before visiting third-placed Peterborough Phantoms on Sunday (5.30pm).

Slovakian David Gaborcik, who played for Bees in 2016-17 and was named their player of the season, has died suddenly. He had been playing for French club Cosaires Dunkerque.