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Raiders netminder Clements admits it was a tough weekend against Bracknell Bees

PUBLISHED: 16:00 10 September 2018

Raiders netminder Ben Clements in action against Bracknell Bees this weekend (Pic: John Scott)

Raiders netminder Ben Clements in action against Bracknell Bees this weekend (Pic: John Scott)

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Everyone Active Raiders netminder Ben Clements admitted it was a tough weekend for himself getting back in between the pipes after a season away from playing.

The Romford-based club fell to a 5-2 defeat at home to Bracknell Bees before also losing 6-3 away to Doug Sheppard’s side at the John Nike Leisure Centre on Sunday.

Despite solid efforts in both matches they fell short to the Bees and will have to get to work as they face them in league action this weekend.

“I’m not going to lie it was a tough weekend for me personally,” the 31-year-old shot stopper said.

“I’ve been training hard but nothing is the same as game time and this weekend proved I’ve still got a lot of work to do to get back to my best.”

The former Chelmsford Chieftains goalie and head coach says the weekend was all about working on things instead of the results in their two pre-season friendlies against the Berkshire club.

“This weekend for us as a team was about fine tuning and seeing what did and didn’t work.

“Being pre-season the result wasn’t the most important thing but how we want to play this season and what we need to do to win games.”

Clements felt the match at the Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre was closer than the score line suggested by praised Bracknell’s smart game plan.

“I thought Saturday’s game was closer than score line showed.

“We definitely looked dangerous at times going forward but few mistakes at the back, myself included gifted Bracknell couple of goals.

“Once in front Bracknell played a smart game and were hard to break down in the final third.”

Before adding: “Sunday we knew it was always going to be tough game and for large spells of the game we looked the better team but again I put my hands up I wasn’t good enough and cost us few goals especially early on.

“Chancing a game is never ideal especially at this level, but we finished strong wining the last period playing the way we know we can so hopefully we can take that into the league this weekend.”

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