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Oliver delighted to open Raiders account

PUBLISHED: 12:18 08 September 2014 | UPDATED: 12:18 08 September 2014

Raiders duo David Oliver and Vaclav Drabek discuss their win over Cardiff

Raiders duo David Oliver and Vaclav Drabek discuss their win over Cardiff

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Defenceman strikes first blow in new season

London Raiders defenceman David Oliver was delighted to open his side’s account for the new season against Cardiff at the weekend.

Oliver netted the club’s first goal of the campaign, after Cardiff had taken a 2-0 lead in the first period at Lee Valley.

And he was glad to play his part in a 6-4 success, after Jakub Klima’s third period hat-trick helped Raiders come from behind, saying: “It was nice getting the goal to get the ball rolling and not waiting so long.

“The game wasn’t the best but we got the two points, which was the main thing.

“The lines took a bit of time to gel, which you expect for the first game.

“The third period was our best, with the lines starting to gel and Klima does what he does best and gets goals at the right time.”

Oliver played alongside Tom Davis, Phil Manny and new Czech defenceman Vaclav Drabek on the blue line and was impressed with the debutant, adding: “The new import defenceman was great and will be the best defenceman in the league, easily.

“Manny was good on the blue line too and (Mike) Brabon was good in net. He hasn’t been on the ice much, but made some big saves.

“The Cardiff guys did great for their first time playing with us and fitting in well.

“I thought (Stephen) Deacon was class and will get a lot of points this season.”

Raiders will welcome player-coach Danny Marshall back from a one-game ban when they host Bracknell next Saturday (September 13, 5.30pm).

And Oliver was quick to praise the supporters, who turned out in good number to watch the first fixture after helping to keep the team on ice this summer.

He added: “It was just great getting the two points, that’s all we wanted, and I’d like to thank the fans for keeping the team going.

“We will do everything we can to make them proud!”

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