Sheppard: 'Bees need to stop talking and start performing'

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World Bees Head Coach Doug Sheppard said his side need to “stop talking and start performing” after a double defeat against Basingstoke Bison and Swindon Wildcats left them second from bottom in the NIHL National League.

On Saturday evening, the Bees came out the wrong side in a 7-6 thriller against local rivals Basingstoke Bisons.

Sheppard’s team led on a number of occasions but found themselves trailing 7-4 in the final third of the match.

Goals from Dominic Gabaj and Will Stead gave the Bees late hope of taking the game to overtime but the buzzer sounded before an equaliser materialised.

The visit of Swindon was a far less even affair with the Wildcats running out 4-0 winners.

The pre-game celebrations centred around captain Chris Mogg’s 500th senior appearance but the talisman was unable to inspire his team.

The Bees were most threatening in the final period, outshooting their opponents and even opted for the empty net in an attempt to rescue the scoreline.

But a late Wildcats goal put a shine to the scoreline which flattered the visitors.

The Bees will be hoping to turn a corner this weekend with back-to-back fixtures against Milton Keynes Lightning, who sit just two points above the Bees.

Lightning will, however, be boosted by the return of a number of players who missed last weekend’s action as a result of testing positive for Covid.

Sheppard said: “I don’t think either team’s supporters will be happy with less than 4 points this weekend.

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