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London Raiders Pitchley expects two tough tests

PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 September 2017

London Raiders forward Jj Pitchley on the attack (Pic: John Scott)

London Raiders forward Jj Pitchley on the attack (Pic: John Scott)

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London Raiders face rivals Invicta Dynamos and Streatham in the National League Cup this weekend and forward JJ Pitchley expects two tough tests.

Raiders host the Dynamos at Lee Valley on Saturday (5.30pm), before travelling to face Streatham the following night (6.45pm).

And Pitchley, Supporters’ player of the year last season, wants his side to get back on track in the competition.

The former Bracknell Hornets and Basingstoke Bison player heaped praise on Invicta for their recent win against former EPL side Swindon Wildcats and believes they must be on their game.

“I think this weekend will be another big test,” the 23-year-old said.

“Invicta, who three to four weeks ago people were writing off, managed to get a win against Swindon last weekend and now people have changed their tunes.

“They are young but a very skilled team who we can’t take lightly.”

The former St Edward’s pupil also pin-pointed the Dynamos main threats ahead of the match.

“I think the likes of Ondrej Zosiak and Callum Fowler are the main forces for the Dynamos,” he added.

“I wouldn’t say we need to be wary of them, but as always just be aware of them and what they can do.”

The team also face Streatham again after suffering a 5-3 defeat to their London rivals on home ice last weekend and Pitchley admits they must play how they did in their 7-5 win at Milton Keynes Thunder.

“Sunday we need to go into it the same way we started in MK, in their face and physical,” added former Romford junior Pitchley.

“I think the threats for Streatham are the ex-EPL guys – Ryan Watt, Adam Carr and Michael Farn.

“They’re all experienced guys in the game and know how to play.”

Pitchley was on target in both games last weekend as Raiders got their season off to a mixed start with defeat to Streatham and a win at Milton Keynes and said: “The first weekend of any new campaign is always going to be a tough one.

“We started slow against Streatham, picked it up a little in the second period and beginning of the third but then let it slip again.

“Sunday was a much better start. We started strong and ran off with a good lead. Tiredness kicked in and we let MK back into it, but we held strong to get the points.”

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