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Weekend Preview - Week 18

posted 18 Jan 2018, 02:11 by john slater

For the eighteenth weekend of regular season action the Bracknell Bees take on the London Raiders and Milton Keynes Lightning, in NIHL Division 1 South league matches.   The action gets underway on Saturday 20th January at the Lee Valley Rink versus the Raiders (5.30pm faceoff) before returning to The Hive on Sunday 21st January (6pm faceoff) to take on the Thunder.

Saturdays road trip to the London Raiders will be the second time this season that the Bees have made the journey and is also the third of the four regular season games between the two sides this season.   The Bees have won the two previous encounters but both match ups were tight and tense affairs and with the Bees looking to get back to winning ways in the league Saturdays game will be a tough task.   The Raiders currently sit fifth in the league and have won five of their last six leagues games and will themselves be looking to put their National Cup Quarter-Finals loss last weekend behind them as they look to push upward in the league.

On Sunday the Bees welcome the Milton Keynes Thunder to The Hive for the second time this season and for the teams third meeting this season so far.   Although the Thunder sit seventh in the league they are only two points behind the Bees (who sit fourth in the league) and cannot be underestimated.   Last weekend they snapped a five game losing streak and will be looking to build further on that whilst the Bees look to add to the 6-2 victory at The Hive the last time the two sides met.

We hope to see a good home support from the Bees fans and look forward to welcoming the Milton Keynes Thunder fans to The Hive and with that in mind we have some key points for new visiting fans to please note for Bees games:

  • There is an “away” section in Block 2 downstairs where away fans tend to congregate and sit together however you are welcome to purchase tickets through the rink reception on the match night or by calling 01344 789000 for seats in the upper balcony area.   You will need to specify at the time of purchase. 
  • Most of the balcony blocks have a large amount of season ticket seats within them that are already reserved so please be aware of this when taking your seat, if you are sitting in a season ticket holder seat without the ticket for that seat you will be asked to move to the correct seat. 
  •  It should be noted too, that due to the license held by the rink, that although alcohol is sold in The Bees Knees bar it can only be taken out to the seated balcony area and is not permitted downstairs within the rink at all. 
  • The rink is also a no smoking building so you will need to leave by the front door during period breaks if you wish to smoke and you will need your ticket to regain entry.   
  • The other general rink rules such as no flash photography, waiting for a break in play before moving around the rink, no foul or abusive language etc.… are, as with all rinks, also in place. 
  • Our Supporters Club run a merchandise stall in the main foyer and upstairs at the back of Block 5 (opposite the bar) there is also the Supporters Club shop.   Merchandise, programmes, 50/50 tickets etc. are all available at these two locations on a match nights