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Oliver relishing Raiders test

PUBLISHED: 17:00 06 March 2015

London Raiders defenceman David Oliver (pic; John Scott)

London Raiders defenceman David Oliver (pic; John Scott)

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Defenceman excited to face Dynamos

London Raiders David Oliver shares a joke with Jack Cooper at the Isle of Wight (pic: John Scott)London Raiders David Oliver shares a joke with Jack Cooper at the Isle of Wight (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders defenceman David Oliver sees no reason why they cannot upset fierce National League rivals Invicta Dynamos on Sunday.

Raiders return from a weekend break, having skated to a 6-3 win on the Isle of Wight in their last outing.

Invicta recorded a win of their own against the islanders last weekend, to secure a place in the cup final against Chelmsford, but Oliver thinks his side can come out on top.

“Sunday is a big game for us. We all know Invicta are a great team, but have been a bit Jekyll and Hyde over the last few weeks.

London Raiders goalie Chris Douglas remains focused during the win at the Isle of Wight (pic: John Scott)London Raiders goalie Chris Douglas remains focused during the win at the Isle of Wight (pic: John Scott)

“They are coming off a big weekend, going into the cup final, so they will be buzzing over that, but we’re aiming to bring them back down to earth.

“We’ve had a weekend off and time to rest up after the Isle of Wight game, but we know what Invicta bring. They have great forwards who can score for fun, but we know their weak spots and aim to work on them on Sunday.”

Former Raiders import Juraj Huska is among the most dangerous forwards for Invicta, who have piled up the goals in five previous league and cup meetings between the sides this season.

Dynamos have won all five clashes, by a combined score of 48-12, but Raiders are much changed and improved since their January 4 encounter.

London Raiders goalie George Alley looks on at the Isle of Wight (pic: John Scott)London Raiders goalie George Alley looks on at the Isle of Wight (pic: John Scott)

Alan Blyth’s side have won four of their last seven matches to raise hopes of clinching a play-off place and Oliver added: “We have a good thing going at the moment and we can welcome back a lot of the lads.

“It’s tight at the bottom once more, with Oxford only two points behind us, but we have five games left and we can win every one of them and get us into the play-offs.”

Captain Tom Davis returns to the side after missing the Isle of Wight trip and said: “I can’t wait to get back to playing, although after the great result on the island I may struggle to get my spot back!

“We take on the Dynamos in their own barn, which is never an easy place to go and take points. But given our current form I don’t see why we can’t.

”We know they have some great players, with speed and skill, but thy have also lost a couple of key guys.

“We will have a big training session this week and I’m sure we will be there on Sunday night going all out to take the two points.”

Ross Wilkinson is also available for Raiders once again after completing a seven-match suspension.


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