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London Raiders look to silence Thunder again

PUBLISHED: 17:00 16 December 2016

London Raiders celebrate a goal against MK Thunder (pic John Scott)

London Raiders celebrate a goal against MK Thunder (pic John Scott)

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Captain Davis hopes lightning strikes twice

Thomas Beesley attacks for London Raiders against MK Thunder (pic John Scott)Thomas Beesley attacks for London Raiders against MK Thunder (pic John Scott)

London Raiders captain Tom Davis is hoping that lightning strikes twice as his side entertain Milton Keynes Thunder for the second successive time tomorrow (Saturday, 5.30pm).

Raiders skated to a 6-3 win over their National League rivals last Saturday, with JJ Pitchley and Slavomir Buda netting two goals apiece and Thomas Beesley and Stewart Tait opening their accounts in gold and blue.

And Davis wants to see a repeat performance as they look to pick up more points before the festive break.

He said: “It’s a big weekend for us coming up. I thought the MK game was a good night for the Raiders.

JJ Pitchley attacks against MK Thunder (pic John Scott)JJ Pitchley attacks against MK Thunder (pic John Scott)

“We battled hard every shift and took our chances and fully deserved the two points.

“Having showed last week we can take the points from MK, I will be expecting the same again this week, but it’s still not going to be easy.”

Raiders play their final game of 2016 at Invicta on Sunday and Davis is under no illusions about the task facing them, having seen his shortbenched side slip to an 8-2 loss at Chelmsford last weekend.

He added: “Sunday is going to be a strong test at Invicta, but if Raiders are at their best I know we can take two points.

“Last Sunday was the complete opposite for the Raiders and we lost to a team that outplayed us for the best part of probably 40 minutes.

“We had a short bench which never helps, but I don’t feel we were all in the right frame of mind to go out and take the points.”

It was a first defeat in three meetings with the league-leading Chieftains this season for Raiders, after home and away wins over their oldest rivals in the cup competition.

The two sides are due to meet again in the semi-finals in the new year and Davis professed himself happy with progress so far, with nine wins, three draws and five defeats from 17 league and cup matches played.

He said: “In the period up to Christmas I am happy with where we are sitting in the league and hoping for a great finish in the cup.

“We have a few games in hand on some other teams and if we win those it can place us in a very good position this season.”


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