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‘Jakub made massive difference to Raiders’

PUBLISHED: 11:02 18 January 2015 | UPDATED: 11:02 18 January 2015

London Raiders new import Jakub Kostelansky lines up at a face-off as goalie James Tanner and Matt France look on (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders new import Jakub Kostelansky lines up at a face-off as goalie James Tanner and Matt France look on (pic: John Scott)

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Ranson praises linemate after victory

London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson (left) celebrates one of his goals against Streatham (pic: John Scott)London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson (left) celebrates one of his goals against Streatham (pic: John Scott)

Jacob Ranson paid tribute to London Raiders new signing Jakub Kostelansky after both netted twice in a 6-3 win over Streatham last night.

Slovakian forward Kostelansky, 21, took just 34 seconds to open his account on his debut at Lee Valley, with Ranson’s brace helping the hosts build a 4-3 lead in an exciting first period.

Grant Taylor claimed the only goal of the middle frame, with Kostelansky’s second of the night, just 12 seconds into the final session, completing the tally.

Ranson said: “Having Jakub made a massive difference to the line-up as it made the squad a lot stronger.

Alan Lack scores for London Raiders against Streatham at Lee Valley (pic: John Scott)Alan Lack scores for London Raiders against Streatham at Lee Valley (pic: John Scott)

“It was great fun to play with him and Chongy. They are two great players to play with and it gave our line some real speed that causes danger.

“It was a great result, because it was an all-round solid performance for everyone. Every player dug deep and gave their all, which is why we got two points.”

Raiders were without captain Tom Davis and Ross Wilkinson due to suspensions picked up in their 8-6 loss at Oxford last weekend.

But the arrival of Kostelansky has given the squad a notable boost and Ranson took his own goal tally for the season to eight, leaving him behind only import defenceman Vaclav Drabek and Jakub Klima, who netted for the beaten Redskins against his old club last night.

Grant Taylor scores for London Raiders against Streatham as Stephen Deacon looks on (pic: John Scott)Grant Taylor scores for London Raiders against Streatham as Stephen Deacon looks on (pic: John Scott)

Ranson added: “It’s nice to keep scoring at the moment, as I struggled to find the net at the beginning of the season.

“Playing with Chongy and Jakub definetly helps, but I was really pleased with both my goals as they came from hard work. It was just a shame I couldn’t find myself a hat-trick!”

The two sides meet again in south London tonight (6.45pm) and Ranson believes Raiders can further enhance their chances of claiming a top-eight play-off place, with their long losing run before Christmas now a distant memory.

He said: ““I think we have a perfect opportunity to turn them over again in tonight’s game.

“It will be harder on their big ice pad, but with the solid lines we have now I think we can beat anyone.”


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