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Forward Sylvester returns to Raiders line-up in style with a man of the match display

PUBLISHED: 11:00 29 November 2017

London Raiders forward Jake Sylvester rushes up the ice against Invicta (Pic: John Scott)

London Raiders forward Jake Sylvester rushes up the ice against Invicta (Pic: John Scott)

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London Raiders forward Jake Sylvester returned from injury in style with two goals and a man of the match display.

London Raiders forward Jake Sylvester celebrates scoring against Invicta (Pic: John Scott)London Raiders forward Jake Sylvester celebrates scoring against Invicta (Pic: John Scott)

The 20-year-old winger was out for six weeks with a broken wrist and returned this weekend to help his side to a 5-2 victory against rivals Invicta Dynamos before falling 3-2 to Streatham IHC the following night.

“It feels good to be back and to contribute like I did was the best way I could have hoped when coming back into the team,” Sylvester said.

The former Chelmsford Chieftains forward got off to a strong start to the season before getting injured in their 11-4 victory against Cardiff Fire on October, 14.

Sylvester missed a total of eight matches in that time and he revealed it was hard to watch from the sidelines.

“It has been tough watching when you know can’t help and contribute, but it was what it was and I’m glad to be back.”

It was a dream start for the youngster as he netted in the first two minutes of his return.

“Returning and scoring on my first shift was all I could have hoped for but I’m glad I could contribute to a big league win.

“We came out really strong against Invicta and didn’t give them anything in the first which put us on the front foot and we never really slowed down.”

The following night didn’t go to plan as they found themselves trailing 2-0 until the third period against Streatham and despite their best efforts to fight back they came away with nothing from the National League cup tie.

“Sunday we had a slow start and that’s what cost us ultimately,” he said.

“I think we started to come back and find out feet but by then it was too late and we had left ourselves with too big a task.”

The Lee Valley-based club will now turn their attention to a road trip to Cardiff Fire on Saturday evening (6.30pm) before returning home to host Peterborough Phantoms (5.30pm).

The club will be having their first-ever teddy bear toss in their match against Peterborough on Sunday to raise money for Autism, the charity their supporting throughout the 2017/18 season.

The crowd will be allowed to throw teddy bears onto the ice when the Raiders scored their first goal of the game at the Lee Valley Ice Centre.

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