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London Raiders 'need to end run'

PUBLISHED: 16:30 13 January 2016

London Raiders trio Mark Robinson, David Oliver and Tom Davis close in on Chelmsford's Grant Bartlett (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders trio Mark Robinson, David Oliver and Tom Davis close in on Chelmsford's Grant Bartlett (pic: John Scott)

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Oliver: We must stick to game-plan

Anthony Leone scores for Chelmsford against London Raiders (pic: John Scott)Anthony Leone scores for Chelmsford against London Raiders (pic: John Scott)

David Oliver says London Raiders need to end their losing run quickly, after seeing the streak extend to five matches at the weekend.

Raiders went down 6-2 against Chelmsford at Lee Valley in the cup on Saturday, then lost 5-2 at Oxford in the league the following night.

And they face tricky tests against Invicta and Solent in the National League this weekend.

Oliver said: “Looking at the league with us sitting in seventh place we need to get out of this run and that starts tonight (Wednesday) in training.

London Raiders celebrate a goal against Chelmsford (pic: John Scott)London Raiders celebrate a goal against Chelmsford (pic: John Scott)

“If we all stick to the game plan and our jobs we will start picking up the points and move up the league.

“We know Liam (Chong) is missing now for four weeks so we have to work with that and move on from it quickly. He will be a great miss on and off the ice, but that’s hockey, getting injured.

“I didn’t have the best weekend myself, but I’m playing with a chipped hip which isn’t the best.”

Raiders were always playing catch-up last weekend, conceding the first two goals in both fixtures.

They managed to get back on terms briefly against Chieftains, with Seb Downing and Bailey Chittock on target against their old club.

But Raiders could not rescue the situation against the Stars the following night, where captain Tom Davis bagged a brace.

Oliver added: “The weekend was a very frustrating one, but so have the last few weekends been.

“At the moment we are in a bad run of games without picking up a win, but the work rate has been showed every game.

“It’s just small things from man-on-man marking, backchecking and with the teams we have played over the last few weekends it has hard us.

“Saturday’s game against Chelmsford wasn’t a 6-2 game. I think 6-2 flattered them.

“Going 2-0 down I feel we showed great heart getting it back to 2-2, but once more we let them back into it, which is something we have to stop and ride the storm a lot better.

“Sunday was a big big game for us in the league. It didn’t help going a goal down in the first two minutes and like Saturday we were 2-0 down very quickly.”

Raiders fell fell foul of the officials in against Oxford, with Oliver himself spending more time in the penalty box.

And he admits he needs to keep his cool better when things are not going Raiders way.

He added: ““It was a very frustrating game for us with the referees and myself getting two back-to-back penaltiess and a 10-minute misconduct.

“I should have known better, but some time the blood flows a bit too much in games like that.”

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