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France wants strong Raiders finish

PUBLISHED: 15:00 19 March 2015

London Raiders defenceman Matt France (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders defenceman Matt France (pic: John Scott)

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Defenceman targetting three wins

London Raiders defenceman Matt France is targetting three wins from the final three games of the season to give the side momentum in the play-offs.

Raiders host Solent on Saturday, before visiting MK Thunder a day later, and finish the regular campaign with a home meeting against Cardiff on March 28.

They have a one-point lead over Oxford in the race for the last play-off place, plus a game in hand, and France said: “We have three games left and ideally we want to pick up maximum points to clinch the play-off spot and gain momentum heading into the play-offs.

“We’ve got to treat every game now like a play-off game, starting this weekend, as every game is huge now.”

Raiders slipped to a 5-1 home defeat against the Isle of Wight last weekend, having gone down 6-2 at Invicta a week earlier.

And France says they need to rediscover the form of early 2015 that helped increase their hopes of a play-off place.

He added: “We lacked a spark on Sunday, which was missing against Invicta away as well.

“We definitely haven’t played to the standards we have set ourselves lately. We played well in spells and took the game to Isle of Wight, but we let them in with mistakes and then couldn’t find a way past Matty (Colclough) in their net.”

Raiders captain Tommy Davis admitted last weekend’s performance and result was a bit of a let down.

And he wants his side to secure their place in the play-offs as soon as possible.

Davis added: “It was another disappointing weekend for London Raiders in my eyes, so not to much to say on last weekend.

“With three games left and Oxford just a point behind we need two big wins this weekend to secure a play-off place.

“Solent are a team who don’t stop working hard and have had some big results this year, just like MK. But in my eyes both are winnable games and I know the team feels the same and wants that final play-off spot.”


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