London Raiders captain Tom Davis saves the day by going in goal in Basingstoke defeat
PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 October 2017
London Raiders captain Tom Davis saved the day for his club as he ended up in goal in their 7-1 loss to Basingstoke Bison.
The 27–year-old forward took over between the pipes in the absence of regular back-up Zach Grandy-Smith after Euan King suffered a knee injury on Saturday.
The experienced King was hurt early in the third period, when Raiders were 4-0 behind, before Davis came to the rescue and did his best to keep the score line down.
“I feel the Basingstoke game was always going to be difficult as it was our first test against one of the big teams,” he said.
“Everything about the game was a lot quicker but we expected that and just had to go out and give it all we could. “Five minutes into the third we lost Euan and we was told we had to kit up a player to play in goal for the final fifthteen minutes.
“I don’t think I fully thought about it properly before going in, but I’m a team guy and would do anything for the Raiders and I probably did as well as a player should.”
Davis admits the former EPL side Bison showed their class by not peppering him with shots and building up a huge score.
“It seemed that Basingstoke stepped off the gas a little and showed great sportsmansship to make the game a respectable score.”
The following night the Lee Valley-based clubs suffered another defeat this time to the Swindon Wildcats.
They lost 7-2, but young 18-year-old goalie Zach Grandy-Smith got his chance to start in between the pipes, with King set be out injured for several weeks.
“Zach got his chance to play a full 60 minutes on Sunday and I feel he stepped up to the job.
“We played another one of the big teams so it was never going to be easy but for a player he took a year out last year he really did well.”
The gold and blue outfit also welcomed a surprise return for club record-holder and goalie Michael Gray for Sunday’s defeat.
“As people saw on Sunday we have a third goalie who is a massive fan and player favourite in and out of the room in Michael Gray.
“I think this is great as it keeps people on there toes and work for there spot in the team.”
London Raiders will now host league strugglers Cardiff Fire on Saturday at Lee Valley Ice Rink (5.30pm face-off).