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‘Ferry good day on island for Raiders’

PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 February 2015

London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson fires off a shot from a kneeling position at the Isle of Wight (pic: Danny Oxley)

London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson fires off a shot from a kneeling position at the Isle of Wight (pic: Danny Oxley)

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London Raiders Jacob Ranson is writing a blog during the 2014/15 season

London Raiders players celebrate their win on the Isle of Wight with a dressing room selfieLondon Raiders players celebrate their win on the Isle of Wight with a dressing room selfie

Last weekend, where can I start? What a day it was going to the Isle of Wight.

It all started as we boarded the double decker coach for the away trip in Brentwood. I had a good feeling at that point already.

London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson back checks on the Isle of Wight (pic: John Scott)London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson back checks on the Isle of Wight (pic: John Scott)

It turned out the feeling was right as we went and took the two points, which is always a struggle at Wight’s small rink.

We went there with a gameplan and it panned out. Credit to Blythy for switching and tinkering with things in the line-up. Putting Chong on defence and Drabek up front made the import line change a lot more comfortable with the two lines we had.

London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson goes on the rush at the Isle of Wight (pic: John Scott)London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson goes on the rush at the Isle of Wight (pic: John Scott)

Also who knew Chong was that strong in defence! He really had a good game at the back and was a key figure in the win.

Douglas also solid at the back again with 51 saves and could prove a massive figure for us in this final run of the season.

But all the D-men played really well and battled hard with the pairings of Chong, Coops then big Dave and Emanuel (Manny) working really well.

As for the forward lines both seemed to click very well. I enjoyed playing in the middle of Bailey and Jakub as we caused problems for their defence.

Bailey and I seemed to click again straight away, like we were starting to on a line earlier on in the season.

As for the other line Lack worked really hard and came up with a couple of Ginos, one of them being an absolute snipe top shelf.

Deacon and Drabek joined him on the attack a lot and everyone on that line picked up a goal for their hard work.

There were a couple of big fights in the game from Lacky and Coops as well, both doing a really good job with Jack earning himself a new nickname as Killer Coops from the bombs he was throwing in his first senior tilt.

It was great for TJ to get some ice time and go out there and show everyone what he can do and how much he has improved over the year so far.

In all it was just a great game with a great atmosphere, as the fans never stopped singing the whole way through which was great as it was like an extra man on the ice.

It was great to get on the board a couple more times, plus I enjoyed celebrating in front of our mass of away fans.

I can’t thank the fans enough, it really makes a difference and feels good to have an atmosphere like that. There were loads for an away game as it didn’t just stop at the double decker, with many driving down.

We’ve got the best fans in the league, hopefully the atmospheres will continue.

After the game it’s always a fun one in the island if you nick a win, so it started with a team selfie and music in the changing room, followed by heading up to the bar for a few quick ones with the fans before boarding the coach.

For some reason I think I know who got the majority of the beers as DO36 kept pulling them out of nowhere on the way home.

He is sharing advice with us younger players on the team now, as well as being the entertainment for the coach and the ferry home.

After that win you almost don’t feel like a break, but it will be good to have a weekend off and regroup before the final stretch of the season.

The weekend off might also result in a few of us taking a trip to Covent Garden to visit the Canadian bar for a few drinks and some hockey.


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