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Chong: Raiders have so much room for growth

PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 November 2018

Raiders forward Liam Chong (pic John Scott)

Raiders forward Liam Chong (pic John Scott)

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Everyone Active Raiders forward Liam Chong was delighted to play his part in helping to secure an overtime victory over National League leaders Bracknell at the weekend.

Liam Chong on the attack for Raiders (pic John Scott)Liam Chong on the attack for Raiders (pic John Scott)

Chong claimed two assists in the 4-3 success, seeing Ashley Jackson tip in his first-period shot, then teeing up Jake Sylvester for the winner in the extra period.

And when asked what was going through his mind as he prepared to slip the puck to Sylvester, he said: “I was thinking ‘don’t mess up’.

“It comes quickly and it’s one of those situations when you don’t think about it, you just do it.”

Raiders looked up against it as they trailed 3-1 after two periods, but Blaho Novak hit back to raise hopes and captain Aaron Connolly deflected in Dan Scott’s shot in the last minute to tie things up.

Then Chong took a pass from Juraj Huska and set up Sylvester, to spark wild celebrations on the ice and in the stands.

He added: “We knew a two-goal lead was not a good lead to have and always the next goal after that is a huge goal.

“We got that, kept it close until the end and the last 6/7 minutes we were dominating and deserved a third goal.

“The momentum started to sway our way and that was key to the overtime and got us the win.

“We were due one. We’ve given up three-goal leads, four-goal leads and in hockey, as soon as you get a bit of momentum behind you, you can score a goal in seconds, and I think we just believed today.”

The win made it five points from a possible six for Raiders since their return from a blank weekend, with a tough double-header against defending champions Basingstoke and in-form Peterborough up next.

And Chong is hoping the team can continue to develop and enjoy more success, saying: “We’ve had some time to reflect over the last couple of weeks, as a team we decided we wanted to get back on track now and I think this will take massive momentum into the coming weeks.

“We just need to keep it going, stay positive all the time and reflect on what we’re doing.

“There is so much room for growth in our team. We’ve got quite a young team and there is always room for improvement.

“Hopefully this result will spur us on, give us some belief and confidence and we can take that forward and hopefully more wins.”

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