Coach Easton pleased with Raiders squad and wants to challenge at top end of table

PUBLISHED: 11:00 11 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:56 11 September 2018

Raiders players look on from the bench (pic John Scott)

Raiders players look on from the bench (pic John Scott)


Everyone Active Raiders head coach Sean Easton is pleased with the squad he has assembled and is confident they can challenge in National League Division One South this season.

The 32-year-old has moved to bring in the likes of Aaron Connolly, Dan Scott, Blahoslav Novak, Ben Clements, Mason Webster and a handful of youngsters on two-way deals with the new Division Two team during the summer.

And he hopes they can push on from last season’s fourth-placed finish in the league table and improve on last season’s play-off semi-final exit.

“I’m happy with the team, we’ve been on the ice two weeks now and the new guys have added a lot of depth to our team so we’ll have to see what we can do,” he said.

“They’re very close, to be honest a bit too close, they gang up on me! But they’ve settled in really well.”

Former Chelmsford Chieftains coach Easton believes it’s a totally different mindset this season as they were just looking to cement a mid-table finish above the likes of Streatham, Invicta Dynamos and Milton Keynes Thunder last time around.

“It’s all about achieving, it’s a result-based game, we’re lucky to be able to attract those players but we all want to win so we’re going to give it a go,” he added.

“I said to the boys last year was a different mind-set. We were trying to make mid-table, this year it’s got to be ‘let’s push for trophies’.”

Easton feels the Raiders faithful can play a huge role in their title push this campaign if they make it loud like Rom Valley Way.

“Definitely, it goes back to me playing back in the old Rom Valley Way rink as a visitor. It was horrible because the fans are on your back and you just feel you’re playing against 10 men instead of five,” he said.

“As we see again (at the Legends game) it’s another near on sell-out, they just keep coming through the door, so it should get louder and prouder.”

Easton also backed his decision to name new signing Aaron Connolly as the captain after only just joining from Basingstoke.

“When you sign a team you’re not necessarily signing a team on ability as much as what they can add to the team,” he added.

“Aaron is definitely a huge addition and a proven leader.”

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