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Coach Sean Easton wants consistency from his London Raiders side

PUBLISHED: 11:00 06 October 2017

London Raiders players Jj Pitchley, Sean Barry and Tom Davis celebrate a goal against Streatham (Pic: John Scott)

London Raiders players Jj Pitchley, Sean Barry and Tom Davis celebrate a goal against Streatham (Pic: John Scott)

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London Raiders head coach Sean Easton wants consistency from his side going into their biggest weekend of the season yet.

The Lee Valley-based club will face ex-English Premier Division clubs as they travel to Basingstoke Bison tomorrow (Saturday, 6.30pm), before hosting the Swindon Wildcats on Sunday (5.30pm).

They go into the match having only played one league match this season where they picked up a 7-5 win against Milton Keynes Thunder.

“I’m looking to be consistent in our performances,” said Easton.

“This weekend won’t define where we are in the league, but if we can’t be consistent and perform the same way each game then the season will be a rollercoaster with many highs and lows.

“I just want to know every weekend we will perform to a high standard like Sunday at Invicta.”

Easton admits he will not be putting pressure on his side for results and pin-points Basingstoke’s and Swindon’s danger men, adding: “Basingstoke is full of high-end dangerous players like Aaron, Connolly, Vanya Antonov, Dan Davies and Tomas Karpov, but they seem to be struggling for consistency like us.

“Swindon will be a well-drilled unit with dangerous players like Aaron Nell, their imports, as well as a solid defensive unit.

“The results are not my focus, a win is a product of hard-working, organised team.

“That’s what I’m looking for from the boys – passion and team work as that will bring the results required across the season.”

The 31-year-old also revealed his delight at the side’s goal scoring being spread among the players so far this season, adding: “It’s huge, the league has stepped up. Teams play a well structured defensive game and it’s too easy to shut down a player or a line that is a team’s only scoring threat.

“A team with depth forces teams to play more defensive through their whole line-up.

“Streatham, for example, are a great defensive team, hard to break down and we need to wear them down shift after shift to create goal scoring chances.

“Having three to four lines in our team with different roles will hopefully cause defensive difficulties for anyone we play.”

See page 64 for reaction to last weekend’s matches.

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