Cooper ready for London Raiders return

PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 November 2016

London Raiders defenceman Jack Cooper (pic John Scott)

London Raiders defenceman Jack Cooper (pic John Scott)


Defenceman expects tough tests after weekend break

London Raiders are set to return to National League action after a free weekend and defenceman Jack Cooper expects two very difficult matches.

Raiders welcome Oxford City Stars to Lee Valley tomorrow (Saturday, 5.30pm), looking to extend a five-match unbeaten run on home ice and avenge a 9-3 loss in the university city last month.

Alan Blyth’s men then make their first trip of the season to Solent’s small rink on Sunday and Cooper said: “Oxford is going to be a very tough game, even though we have made our rink a hard place to come this year.

“Oxford are a very well-drilled team and never give up on each other no matter how the game is going for them, so it’s going to be tough.

“Solent will be a complete different game for us. It’s a team we don’t know much about yet as we haven’t met them this year, but it’s a hard place to go.

“It’s a small rink, so it’s a very fast paced game. We need to play as a unit as we did against Milton Keynes (a 4-0 win), stay disciplined and get the win.”

Raiders have won four and drawn two of their 10 matches so far this campaign, with 20-year-old Cooper alongside Julian Smith, Matt France, John and Ross Connolly and Mark Robinson in defence.

And the former Albany pupil is hoping for bigger things this term, adding: “The weekend off has probably helped us. We have had a few injuries leaving us with a short bench, so a weekend of full rest has done us good.

“I think we’re doing very well this year compared to last season and we have gelled a lot better and have become a stronger team.”

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