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No skating the issue for Raiders!

PUBLISHED: 18:00 27 March 2015

London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson on the rush in borrowed skates at Milton Keynes (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson on the rush in borrowed skates at Milton Keynes (pic: John Scott)

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London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson is writing a blog during the 2014/15 ice hockey season

London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson had to use odd skates against Solent (pic: John Scott)London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson had to use odd skates against Solent (pic: John Scott)

Last weekend was a strange one, as I was hoping for a big weekend, but before it even started one of my skate blades broke.

That left me to cram my left foot into a smaller skate, while leaving my right one in my own skate, just to allow me to play the game.

London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson sits in the penalty box (pic: John Scott)London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson sits in the penalty box (pic: John Scott)

So thanks to Jayne Clifford for helping me out when it was not looking like a good start for me on Saturday!

It was definitely a weird experience as both my legs were at different heights on the ice, but I hope I didn’t disappoint too much considering the consequences.

It was good to pick up the two points against Solent, even though I do not think it was our best performance by any stretch, but with results going our way it secured our play-off spot.

This was great news for us, but we must rediscover our form before the big match coming up against Chelmsford.

Thankfully, we were saved on Saturday against Solent in the very close game when Tommy D scored the GWG.

But as the game ended it was not night over for Kev Davis and I, as we were trying to figure out a solution for skates for the game in Milton Keynes the next day.

My dad and I were making calls around to see if there was any chance of getting a blade for the game, but I should have known I’d have no such luck with hardly any shops in London.

The next morning Kev called me and said ‘I’ve got a pair of Bauers your size for you to try on’ but also offering to change the tuuk on the skates if needs be.

For me, I had a pair of Vapor 40s that he had picked up for me when I was younger so I knew if they’d fit they would do the trick for our game that day.

Again, they took me awhile to get going, but they did what I needed and got me on the ice for the game at MK.

I really can’t thank Kev and Jayne enough for helping for me to keep my record of being the only player to ice every game this season!

It was hard work, as was the game in Milton Keynes, with us killing penalties for the majority of the game, plus getting scored on early.

Everything that could have gone wrong seemed to go wrong that day and I think the man of the match award was a tad biased considering I played there last season. I definitely did not deserve that one!

Showing up to training on Thursday and putting my own skates back on felt like heaven, so I can’t wait to be skating hard again this Saturday.

The game against Cardiff, although it means nothing to us now, is a massive game with them needing a win to stay up while Oxford watch on and put our game on the radio.

We are deciding their fate for next season and I’d personally like to win the game for them as they have been a great addition to our league this season, often bringing travelling fans to their games, along with packing out their own barn for a good atmosphere.

Also, both times we have gone to Oxford this season, we have brought a good away support as well, so it’s a team we should not really want to lose from the division.

A win over Cardiff would be nice to take us into our tough play-off test against Chelmsford with confidence running high.


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