CARL Thompson has admitted the pressure is increasing on the Bracknell Bees as they struggle to score goals, writes Dave Wright.

The Bees suffered two defeats to Hull Pirates last weekend, losing 6-0 away and 3-1 at home.

That was despite the fact they had a total of 63 attempts at goal, 10 more than their opponents.

Having lost 20 goals in the revised EPIHL table following Manchester Phoenix’s withdrawal last week, the Bees have only scored 77 goals this season – 40 fewer than Sheffield Steeldogs, the side immediately above them in the table.

And Thompson accepts the Bees are just not scoring enough.

“We are just missing that final bit of luck,” he said following the Newsquest Berkshire-sponsored game on Sunday when he was named man of the match.

“I am getting a load of chances, but really struggling to find the back of the net.

“It’s exactly the same for the other guys. With the chances we’re getting, we could be scoring seven or eight a game and so winning games.”

Thompson commented: “I have always been quite hard on myself in general, so I am starting to put a bit of pressure on myself because I know I am getting the chances and need to start putting some of them away.

“Like any player, you want to contribute to the team and get as many points as you can.”

The 27-year-old forward continued: “If we had got the first goal in the first period, it may have been a different game.

“We just needed one goal to get rolling. It is difficult as we are playing against teams who have got some guys, if you give them one sniff at the goal, they put it in. Unfortunately, it’s happening perhaps a bit too often.”