Davis: London Raiders 'sent message' to rivals
PUBLISHED: 14:30 22 November 2016
Captain reflects on success at Chelmsford
London Raiders captain Tom Davis felt his side sent a clear message to their National League rivals with their 4-2 cup win at Chelmsford on Sunday.
Raiders had already beaten Chieftains 6-5 at Lee Valley earlier in the campaign and came from behind to complete a double thanks to goals from Jacob Ranson, JJ Pitchley, Davis and Marek Nahlik.
Victory at the Riverside Ice Arena earned Raiders home advantage in the semi-finals in the new year and Davis believes his team-mates showed the right mental approach against their fierce rivals.
He said: “We had a close first period and even when the Chieftains scored we answered right back with a goal and that is the attitude we want from the team.
“On the night we ere the better team and took the points that we fully deserved and sent another message to the league by beating the top of the table team.”
The success was particularly sweet, following their 4-2 home defeat against Invicta in a league meeting the night before.
John Connolly netted inside 30 seconds and brother Ross doubled the Raiders’ advantage soon after, but the visitors hit back before the first break and scored twice late in the middle session to edge in front.
An empty net goal sealed the points for Invicta and Davis added: “Saturday I feel we didn’t 100 per cent turn up. We got a quick two-goal lead but stepped off the gas.
“After that Invicta was the better team on the night and they deserved the two points.
“Sunday we knew we had to make up for the night before and everyone had to turn up and give 100 per cent.
“Right from the first face off, we did everything we could, winning every 50/50 battle, passing hard and shooting like we wanted to score.”