Pitchley proud to see London Raiders rally
PUBLISHED: 22:32 20 February 2017 | UPDATED: 22:32 20 February 2017
Forward reflects on win in Streatham, after loss to Chelmsford
London Raiders forward JJ Pitchley admitted their National League weekend was a real tale of two halves, as they followed a heavy home loss to champions Chelmsford with a battling win at Streatham.
Raiders, without leading scorer Marek Nahlik and defenceman Matt France, were put to the sword by the newly-crowned Chieftains at Lee Valley on Saturday, as five-goal Juraj Huska inspired the visitors to an 11-3 romp.
Captain Tom Davis nabbed a brace in reply for Raiders, with Thomas Beesley also on target, but Pitchley said: “Saturday was a game we would all like to forget, it was just a bad day for everyone.”
Raiders fell two goals behind in south London the following night and, having failed to score on their two previous visits this season, the omens were not looking good.
Slavomir Buda ended their goal drought in Streatham’s rink, but Raiders still trailed 3-1 just before the midway mark.
Beesley struck twice in quick succession, though, with Pitchley picking up an assist on the equaliser to set up a tense final period.
And Alan Lack’s powerplay goal gave the visitors the lead, before he also found an empty net late on when Streatham pulled goalie Matt Colclough for an extra out-skater to give the team a big boost ahead of their two-legged cup semi-final against Chelmsford next weekend.
Pitchley added: “Yesterday was a fantastic comeback from the night before. Everyone showed character and hard work.
“Streatham have a very solid team and with their recent additions are even stronger, but we played simple, smart hockey and shut them down.
“Coming back from 3-1 down is an amazing achievement and I’m hugely happy with every one of the boys. What a way to lead into next weekend’s double-header against the Chieftains!”