Search

London Raiders’ Pitchley aims to shoot down Stars

PUBLISHED: 17:00 24 March 2017

London Raiders forward JJ Pitchley looks for a way through against Oxford earlier in the season (pic John Scott)

London Raiders forward JJ Pitchley looks for a way through against Oxford earlier in the season (pic John Scott)

Archant

Forward excited for National League play-offs

London Raiders forward JJ Pitchley cannot wait to return to the ice to take on Oxford City Stars in the National League play-offs this weekend.

The 23-year-old was suspended for the last two matches of the regular season, as Raiders lost 3-0 at home to Streatham, but then came back from three goals down to draw 4-4 in Oxford.

That saw them finish in fifth place, two points behind their play-off opponents, and there was very little between the two sides during their four meetings this season.

After a 6-6 draw in east London in September, Oxford skated to a 9-3 home win in October, before Raiders triumphed 9-5 in November.

Stars then looked on course for another win in the university city as they built a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes, but captain Tom Davis scored twice in the final period and Alan Lack levelled it up with his second goal of the night with only 11 seconds remaining.

Pitchley said: “I’m hugely excited, as I think all the boys are. This is the part of the season that everyone loves. The rink has this buzz, that is amazing to play in front of.

“Oxford are a good team and have a few guys missing, but that doesn’t make them any easier to beat.

“We can beat them and have done earlier on this year. After the comeback two weeks ago in Oxford I was massively impressed with the boys being short-staffed.”

Raiders have home advantage for the first leg on Saturday (5.30pm), before the two sides meet again in the return on Sunday (6.15pm), and the winners of the tie will face either league and cup champions Chelmsford or Bracknell in the semi-finals.

Pitchley added; “I’m excited to see if we can get the rink packed on Saturday and as many fans in Oxford on Sunday.

“A good practice on Thursday will lead is into Saturday and I have a good feeling about this year.

“It will be good to show all the teams who doubted us this year what the gold and blue can do!”

Latest Romford Sports News

44 minutes ago

Romford were denied a last-gasp winner and top spot after a hard-fought contest at Ram Meadow.

11:30

Ardleigh Green got the better of Woodford Green in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Three encounter at Central Park, with the visitors falling out of the top two as a result.

11:00

Despite an outlay of £100m in the summer, the Hammers turned in a display that would not have been out of place during the last disastrous campaign

10:41

Harold Wood successfully chased down Hainault & Clayhall in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One meeting.

10:00

Dagenham & Redbridge striker Tomi Adeloye is delighted to get his first goal for the club in their 2-1 defeat to Halifax Town.

09:00

Upminster secured their seventh consecutive victory in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One when they beat league leaders Hutton by eight wickets.

08:08

Essex pace bowler Peter Siddle admitted it had been a hard return to County Championship action after Somerset had the better of play at Taunton on Sunday.

08:00

Gidea Park & Romford suffered a huge 174 run defeat against Buckhurst Hill in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One clash.

PROMOTED CONTENT

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now