Everyone Active Raiders head coach Sean Easton looked for the positives after suffering successive defeats on the road in the National League last weekend.

Raiders fell to a 4-1 defeat at Leeds Knights on Saturday, conceding twice in the last six minutes, but picked up a point from an overtime loss in Swindon the following night.

And Easton was pleased with the performance of his side, ahead of home dates with Leeds (Friday, 7.30pm) and Hull (Sunday, 5.15pm) this weekend.

"It was always going to be a tough weekend with a lot of travel and bus legs," said Easton.

"We were missing Jake [Sylvester] for the weekend due to a facial injury and we are hoping for his return this coming Friday.

"And we were missing Zak Milton on Saturday due to Guildford Flames taking him for their game due to their own injuries.

"But I felt we played extremely well against two of the top three teams and we've got another tough weekend upcoming, again hoping to pick up some bonus points against Leeds and Hull."

Raiders fell behind with barely three minutes played in Leeds, but Tjay Anderson maintained his fine scoring form with an equaliser before the first break.

And the scoreline remained unchanged until the last minute of the middle session, when Leeds regained the lead.

The home side doubled their tally late on, but Raiders raced out of the blocks in Swindon as Anderson netted with only 23 seconds on the clock.

Wildcats levelled towards the end of the opening period, but captain Aaron Connolly put Raiders back in front just 30 seconds into the middle frame.

And although Swindon squared matters for a second time, a quickfire double from Joe Tomalin and Adam Laishram put Raiders 4-2 up.

Three unanswered goals either side of the second break left them 5-4 behind, before Laishram grabbed his second of the night to force overtime.

But Swindon claimed the extra point a minute into the extra period, with Easton adding: "At Leeds we kept the game tight until the last five minutes then had to open up to push for the equaliser, but that opened up space for Leeds to do what they do best and counterattack us.

"Sunday was much the same, taking a two-goal lead early in the second [period], but then conceding two to be tied at the end.

"But we found another gear in the last 10 minutes to pile on offensive pressure to equalise, gaining a point on the road."

Raiders unveiled new Swedish import Jesper Eriksson at the weekend and although the 22-year-old was unable to get on the scoresheet in either game, Easton saw promising signs.

"Jesper had a good debut weekend for us," he added.

"He could have scored a couple if it was not for some great netminding and the post. He possesses a great shot and finds the danger areas well."