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Injured Raider Pitchley grateful for support

PUBLISHED: 15:55 25 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:55 25 March 2018

Raiders forwards JJ Pitchley and Olegs Lascenko put pressure on Basingstoke's net (pic John Scott)

Raiders forwards JJ Pitchley and Olegs Lascenko put pressure on Basingstoke's net (pic John Scott)

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Raiders forward JJ Pitchley has thanked fans for their messages of support after suffering a nasty looking injury in the first leg of their play-off semi-final with Basingstoke on Saturday night.

Pitchley, 24, cancelled out the Bison’s 38-second opening goal with his first at Romford’s new Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre, one second from the end of the first period.

But the league champions skated off 7-4 winners, after Pitchley was left in severe pain on the ice in the closing minutes.

Hit by Bison’s Dan Scott, who received a match penalty for tripping, Pitchley had to be stretchered off to the dressing rooms and spent most of the night at hospital.

Scott posted an apology on Twitter after the match, saying: “I would never want to intentionally hurt someone with a hit. I apologise to JJ for potentially ending his season early. Hopefully his injury isn’t to bad.”

Pitchley replied from hospital, posting: “Thankyou for the messages and tweets! @DanScott13Gov don’t worry about it mate, could have been anyone, just an unfortunate hit and landing.

“I’m awaiting an X-ray and then hopefully will find out the extent of the damage.”

The injury to Pitchley overshadowed a battling effort by Raiders, who briefly led at the start of the second period following the first of Olegs Lascenko’s two goals.

The match remained in the balance with Bison 5-4 up heading into the final period, but the visitors put one foot in the final with two more goals.

The two sides meet in the return leg in Basingstoke tonight and Pitchley added: “Got back from the hospital around 5.30 this morning. X-ray came back showing no initial break, but have been referred to the fracture clinic Monday/Tuesday for examinations on the damage to my ACL/MCL.

“Big thankyou to everybody for the messages and tweets last night and this morning. I’ll be at the game this evening behind the boys!”


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