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No 'puck luck' for Raiders

PUBLISHED: 12:30 29 December 2015

London Raiders coach Alan Blyth looks on from the bench (pic; John Scott)

London Raiders coach Alan Blyth looks on from the bench (pic; John Scott)

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Downing reflects on Bracknell defeat

London Raiders players Michal Oravec, Sam Roberts and Seb Downing celebrate a goal against Bracknell (pic: John Scott)London Raiders players Michal Oravec, Sam Roberts and Seb Downing celebrate a goal against Bracknell (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders forward Seb Downing felt the luck wasn’t with his side during their defeat at Bracknell on Sunday.

Downing netted one of the home side’s goals in a 5-3 loss to the Hornets at Lee Valley, but said: “Obviously it wasn’t the result we wanted and we have no excuses for that, but once again we outplayed them.

“We gifted them their opportunities for the most part, but we shouldn’t worry.

“We have been having great form at home and will continue to do so for the rest of the season, it was just one of those games that puck luck wasn’t on our side.”

London Raiders forward Seb Downing hands the shirt off his back to a fan after the match with Bracknell (pic: John Scott)London Raiders forward Seb Downing hands the shirt off his back to a fan after the match with Bracknell (pic: John Scott)

Bracknell took charge with two goals in less than two minutes from William Stead and Greg Chambers in the first period.

Downing halved the deficit just 51 seconds into the middle session and ended a 19-game goal drought, having scored seven times in the first six matches of the season.

Chambers put Bracknell 3-1 up soon after, but captain Tom Davis and Michal Oravec had Raiders back on terms just past the midway mark.

Having dropped the gloves to tussle with Mason Webster in the opening period, Brandon Miles put Bracknell back in front and Danny Hughes sealed the points with the only goal of the final stanza.

Raiders coach Alan Blyth said: “We were without key players in Liam Chong (suspended) and Marek Nahlik (unavailable), started too slowly and were wasteful and sluggish for the first period.

“I changed the lines for the second period and tried to inject some pace into the lines and it worked with a goal in the first shift of the period.

“We looked brighter, but Danny Milton stood firm in the Bracknell goal and made our fightback tough.

“I would like to say a personal well done to Sam Roberts, though, who was fantastic on Sunday.”

Roberts skated off with the man of the match beers for Raiders after picking up a pair of assists, but it is two points his side will want next weekend when they welcome third-placed Isle of Wight to Lee Valley and look to cement their place in the top six.

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