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Raiders coach Easton delighted with another maximum haul

PUBLISHED: 14:00 10 December 2018

Raiders goalie Michael Gray keeps his eye on the action against Bracknell (pic John Scott)

Raiders goalie Michael Gray keeps his eye on the action against Bracknell (pic John Scott)

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Everyone Active Raiders coach Sean Easton was delighted to see his side enjoy another four-point weekend in National League Division One with wins over Swindon and Bracknell.

Raiders celebrate Blaho Novak's goal against Bracknell (pic John Scott)Raiders celebrate Blaho Novak's goal against Bracknell (pic John Scott)

Having skated to a 5-2 win over the table-topping Wildcats in Wiltshire on Saturday, Easton saw his men rally from two goals down to beat the Bees 4-2 back at Romford’s Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre on Sunday.

And he believes Raiders are now showing their true colours, having extended their winning streak to four matches.

He said: “I think we’ve shown our potential now. We were organised, people bought into what we want to do, all three lines contributed to a great performance.

“We could go to Swindon next week and lose 6-0. It’s one of those leagues, it’s whose hot and whose not right now.

“We’re obviously hot, we’re finding our feet, goalscoring is becoming a natural occurrence at the moment, we’re defending hard, but that can change week in week out. That’s the beauty of the league.”

Bracknell threatened to burst the bubble with a dominant first-period display in Romford, outshooting Raiders 20-7 and seeing Ben Paynter and Shaun Thompson score from close range.

But JJ Pitchley tipped in Dan Scott’s slapshot on a power play and Aaron Connolly levelled during another man-advantage late in the second period.

Easton added: “We looked tired, we played tired. We weren’t executing passes, we were lucky to come out only two goals down. If they had been more clinical with their chances it could’ve been a four, five-goal period.

“I was concerned. It’s not like we’re not used to coming back into games. We looked tired. I don’t know whether Swindon took too much out of us, but the first period was definitely a lacklustre period.”

Blaho Novak then blasted Raiders in front and Ashley Jackson sealed victory with an empty net goal in the final minute.

And after both had also netted in Swindon, along with Scott, Connolly and Juraj Huska, coach Easton admitted it was good to see the goals being shared around.

He added: “Considering our performances in the third period in times gone by, our third period in Swindon we won 2-0 and again we won 2-0.

“It’s finding your stride, making sure you’re hot in key areas. I don’t mind starting slow, like we are at the moment.

“It’s good that some of our key forwards are now finding the back of the net, as a more regular occurrence, we’ve got depth, we’ve got three lines that can score. It’s never a concern, it’s about getting the right people on the ice, firing at the right times.”

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