Search

Raiders coach Easton eager to maintain momentum for shot at top four in new year

PUBLISHED: 14:30 22 December 2017

Thomas Beesley is outnumbered by Invicta players at Lee Valley (pic John Scott)

Thomas Beesley is outnumbered by Invicta players at Lee Valley (pic John Scott)

Archant

London Raiders head coach Sean Easton wants his side to build on their strong finish to 2017 when they return to action in the new year.

Zach Grandy-Smith hands over his jersey to two young fans (pic John Scott) Zach Grandy-Smith hands over his jersey to two young fans (pic John Scott)

Raiders ended the calendar year with back-to-back wins over Invicta Dynamos, in the National League and cup, but now face two free weekends before heading to Cardiff on January 6.

And Easton has some clear goals in mind for the new year, with Raiders in fifth place behind the former EPL quartet of Basingstoke, Peterborough, Swindon and Bracknell.

He said: “The team’s target for 2018 is to pick up where we have left off 2017, continue the streak we have going, but to win our mini-series we have per team.

“We now want to stop thinking of the big four as that and treat them as winnable games.

“We have shown and proved we can match them on the night, so unfortunately for them we will be looking at treating the league as a competitive and winnable one.

“Even though the league title may now be out of reach, we want to be in that top four.”

Raiders have won five of their last six matches in all competitions and eight in 11 dating back to early November.

They fell behind to Ashley Jackson’s goal towards the end of the first period at Lee Valley on Saturday, but Jake Sylvester levelled in the middle period.

And after in-form Brandon Ayliffe put Raiders 2-1 up, Marek Nahlik’s last-second empty-net goal sealed a 3-1 win, although it was overshadowed by a nasty facial injury to forward Alan Lack, 25, who was left needing surgery after blocking a shot.

Easton said: “With no fuss he got up and marched straight to the changing room to get treated. He suffered a loss of teeth, a totally split lower lip and breaks in his jaw. He will be in and out of hospital for quite some time now unfortunately.

“This showed his commitment to the sport and team. A guy like ‘Lacky’ is hated by most teams as he only knows how to play one style – heart-on-the-sleeve full commitment to the cause. He is a warrior and will come back stronger, I just feel for him and his young family.”

Juraj Huska cancelled out Mason Webster’s opener on Sunday, with Thomas Beesley’s first goal of the season levelling it after Jackson’s power play goal. And Marek Nahlik netted an overtime winner as goalie Zach Grandy-Smith made 46 saves.

Latest Romford Sports News

12:00

Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still was pleased with the fight his team showed but believes they left it too late in their defeat to Sutton United.

Yesterday, 20:06

Raiders moved into the top four of the National League with a fine win over long-time rivals Bracknell at Lee Valley on Saturday.

Yesterday, 19:08

Judd Trump insists rival Kyren Wilson got lucky after he was dumped out of the Dafabet Masters in an enthralling battle at the Alexandra Palace.

Chicharito scores vital equaliser as the points are shared at the London Stadium

Yesterday, 16:54

Hornchurch moved seven points clear at the top of the table, with a game in hand, after a hard-fought draw at fourth-placed Dereham.

Yesterday, 14:55

Vanarama National League: Sutton United 2 (Wright 57, Bolarinwa 61) Dagenham & Redbridge 1 (Okenabirhie 84)

Yesterday, 11:00

Kelvedon Hatch, Manford Way, May & Baker and Shenfield Association discovered their opponents for the BBC Essex Saturday Premier Cup this week

Yesterday, 10:00

Romford face a huge week as they look to get themselves back on track in the Bostik North and cause an upset in the Essex Senior Cup semi-final.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Window and conservatory specialist Ken Rhodes talks about the possibilities for brightening up your home for the new year, and with their home improvement finance deals it’s possible for everyone to make some changes

Lisa and Jennie are cousins who grew up in the borough. Their grandmother, ‘Nanny Fish’ was a huge part of their lives, and while she had dementia and increasing needs, she really benefited from having care in her nephew’s loving home. This experience was the inspiration for Lisa and Jennie to set-up their own home care service.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

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