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Blyth wants Raiders to build

PUBLISHED: 15:00 27 February 2015

London Raiders coach Alan Blyth looks on from the bench (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders coach Alan Blyth looks on from the bench (pic: John Scott)

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Alan Lack celebrates scoring for London Raiders against the Isle of Wight as David Oliver looks on (pic: John Scott)Alan Lack celebrates scoring for London Raiders against the Isle of Wight as David Oliver looks on (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders coach Alan Blyth wants his side to set the record straight when they return to action at Invicta next weekend.

Raiders skated to a superb 6-3 victory at the Isle of Wight last Saturday, but do not play again until March 8.

And Blyth wants them to be ready to try and upset the Dynamos as they look to secure their place in the National League play-offs.

He said: “The away travelling support we had over on the island was immense.

London Raiders goalie Chris Douglas remains focused during the win at the Isle of Wight (pic: John Scott)London Raiders goalie Chris Douglas remains focused during the win at the Isle of Wight (pic: John Scott)

“It would be great if all those that travelled could make the trip to Invicta and encourage others to make the journey also and make our small corner in that rink outshout the home fans.

“This win sets us up well for the remainder of the campaign and we are looking forward to Invicta.

“We have been beaten quite heavily there over the last few seasons and it’s time we put an end to that.

“It’s time this fixture became a derby day fixture again and we will be looking to up the temperature in Gillingham in the next couple of weeks.”

London Raiders defenceman Jack Cooper has his knuckles tended to after a scrap on the Isle of Wight (pic: John Scott)London Raiders defenceman Jack Cooper has his knuckles tended to after a scrap on the Isle of Wight (pic: John Scott)

Raiders travelled to Ryde with a short bench, missing five players, but Blyth tinkered slightly with the line-up and moved Liam Chong onto defence and import defenceman Vaclav Drabek into a forward’s role.

Alan Lack and Jacob Ranson netted two goals apiece, with Drabek and Stephen Deacon also on target as Chris Douglas made 51 saves in goal.

Blyth added: “We showed real class and style throughout the game. We moved the puck well and looked a threat every time we went forward.

“The pure speed of Bailey (Wootton) and Jacob (Ranson) worked well on that small rink and the daring decision to switch Chong to defence and Drabek to forward paid off.

“As the game went on Wight tried to be more physical and intimidate us, but that didn’t work and they were met with the same medicine that they were trying to dish out.

“Alan Lack more than stood up for himself against (Jeremy) Cornish after being goaded into a fight after several crosschecks and jabs.

“Jack Cooper also showed that he will not be pushed around and came out on top against (Nick) Compton.

“We played a tight disciplined game and that saw the game run out without too much resistance from the Isle of Wight.

“It was good also to give TJ Fillery a bit of a run out and he gave a good account of himself and has showed the progress he has made in recent months also.”


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