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Pitchley praise for Raiders

PUBLISHED: 08:46 15 September 2014 | UPDATED: 08:46 15 September 2014

JJ Pitchley fights for the puck in front of the Raiders net (pic: John Scott)

JJ Pitchley fights for the puck in front of the Raiders net (pic: John Scott)

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Bracknell forward impressed with old club

JJ Pitchley attacks for Bracknell against Raiders (pic: John Scott) JJ Pitchley attacks for Bracknell against Raiders (pic: John Scott)

Former Raiders forward JJ Pitchley paid tribute to his old club and their supporters after helping Bracknell to a late win over Danny Marshall’s men in Lee Valley.

Pitchley, 20, was among the goalscorers for the visiting Hornets, who claimed a 6-5 victory after a topsy-turvy National League encounter thanks to a 59th-minute strike from Danny Hughes.

And the former St Edwards pupil admitted it had been an exciting contest to be a part of, saying: “I thought it was a really good game for both teams and was the best game I’ve played in for a while.

“It had everything you could have wanted for a season opener and it was good to get the win against my old home team.

JJ Pitchley fights for possession with Danny Marshall (pic: John Scott) JJ Pitchley fights for possession with Danny Marshall (pic: John Scott)

“It’s always nice to get a goal and a few points but I still say, hands down, the Raiders fan are the best and I still get welcomed as a home-town boy even in different colours than gold and blue.”

Raiders led 4-2 in the middle period, following goals from Jakub Klima, Marshall, Vaclav Drabek and captain AJ Smith, before Pitchley’s powerplay goal gave Hornets hope for the final period.

The visitors struck twice more to go 5-4 up, before Drabek’s second looked to have saved Raiders a point.

Hughes had the final say when completing his matchwinning hat-trick, but Pitchley said: “I think the Raiders are a good team and all respect to John Scott and the staff for keeping them on the ice.

“I wouldn’t have liked to see them go under and it will be another good season of hockey over the next couple of months, just waiting for the new rink to be built so they can get a new ‘RVW’ and get some new memories.

“They’ve got some good youngsters as well which is always good to see. Guys like (Jacob) Ranson are what’s needed for the future of the Raiders.”

Pitchley picked up another three assists as Bracknell took on Invicta last night, but another ex-Raider Juraj Huska, netted a late winner for the Dynamos in a 7-6 success.

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