London Raiders coach hails 'warrior' Lack
PUBLISHED: 11:00 19 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:56 19 December 2017
London Raiders head coach Sean Easton paid tribute to forward Alan Lack after he suffered an horrific facial injury at the weekend.
Lack needed surgery after blocking a shot during Saturday’s National League match with Invicta, which Raiders won 3-1, and looks set for an extended spell on the sidelines.
And Easton wants Lack’s team-mates to step up and cover for his absence during that time, saying: “As a team we want to pay Alan’s commitment back to him every time we step on the ice, take a bit of his game into theirs.
“Alan took a nasty injury, putting his body on the line the true Alan way game on game, but this time unfortunately receiving a full-on shot square in the face while diving to block it.
“With no fuss he got up and marched straight to the changing room to get treated. He suffered a loss of teeth, a totally split lower lip and breaks in his jaw and spent the weekend in hospital but was released Sunday night.
“He will be in and out of hospital for quite some time now unfortunately. This showed his commitment to the sport and team.
“A guy like ‘Lacky’ is hated by most teams as he only knows how to play one style and that’s heart-on-the-sleeve full commitment to the cause.
“He is a warrior and will come back stronger, just feel for him the time of year it is and his young family.”
The injuries suffered by Lack took the edge of a winning weekend as Raiders followed up their home success with a 3-2 overtime triumph against the Dynamos in Gillingham on Sunday.
There was little but pride riding on the last match in the cup group, with Raiders guaranteed second place behind Streatham, but it still made for an entertaining contest.
Easton added: “Saturday, after a slow start, we went on to a deserved win and a valuable two points in the league.
“Sunday was played by both teams as a dead rubber match until some personal battles took place, which upped the tempo of the game.
“We were shortbenched over the weekend, missing Olegs (Lascenko) and Callum (Wells) for both games, (Juraj) Huska missing Saturday and (Tom) Davis and (Sam) Roberts missing Sunday. It’s one of those things over the Christmas period.”