More memorable goals to come insists Bebris

Edgars Bebris celebrates scoring the game-winning goal against Swindon last Sunday. Picture: Alan Storer
Edgars Bebris celebrates scoring the game-winning goal against Swindon last Sunday. Picture: Alan Storer
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Edgars Bebris hopes that the most important goal of his career doesn’t stay that way for long.

The Phantoms forward had no hesitation in billing his play-off quarter-final clincher against Swindon last Sunday night as his most significant strike to date.

Bebris powered in a glorious Marc Levers pass in the final period of the second leg to secure a 2-1 victory on the night and a 6-4 aggregate triumph over the Wildcats.

But the Latvian-born 23 year-old, who has enjoyed an impressive first season with the city club, is already aiming to score even more memorable goals during the play-off finals weekend which starts with a semi-final showdown against double-winners Telford on Saturday lunchtime.

“It was great to get the goal that made sure we got through to the finals,” said Bebris.

“It was an important goal, but I hope I can score even more important goals in Coventry.

“It doesn’t matter who we are playing there. A lot of people think it is a bad thing that we have to face Telford, but I don’t feel like that.

“I think it is a bad game for them as we have beaten them twice already this season and we all know we can beat them again to reach the play-off final.

“We have a great coach in Slava (Koulikov) and I love playing for him. He has the tactical knowledge to get results and we have a great group of players.

“Good individual players can win games, but you need to have a team to do it over a whole season and everyone is on the same page here.”

Bebris is one of very few members of the Phantoms roster to have experienced the white-hot atmosphere of the play-off finals before.

He lined up for previous club Sheffield Steeldogs when they bowed out at the semi-final stage in 2011/12 after an agonising penalty shoot-out loss to Manchester.

Bebris added: “It’s an awesome experience to play there,” continued Bebris. “The rink is full and the atmosphere is brilliant.

“We have the loudest crowd in the league every week of the season so it won’t be a problem for us to play in front of a lot of people in Coventry.”