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Oliver relishing Raiders trip to Ryde

PUBLISHED: 17:30 19 February 2015

London Raiders defenceman David Oliver (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders defenceman David Oliver (pic: John Scott)

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Defenceman enjoys Isle of Wight experience

London Raiders defenceman David Oliver is relishing the trip to the Isle of Wight tomorrow (Saturday).

Having slipped to a 4-3 home defeat against Bracknell last weekend, Oliver is keen for Raiders to rediscover their form on the small rink at Ryde.

He said: “I think I might be on my on this one, but it’s one of my favourite rinks.

“It’s small, the fans are on you and there are lots of hits to get you in the game from the very start.

“Isle of Wight away is a very important game. We have to pick ourselves up and go to the island to get a win.

“But they are going to be on a high fromt he weekend after picking up two big wins.”

Wight beat leaders Chelmsford 4-0 last Saturday and skated to a 7-3 victory in Solent the following night as they battle it out with Streatham for third place.

But Oliver says his Raiders have to look to win as many of their last six games as they can as they look to secure the eighth and final play-off place.

He added: “The Bracknell game wasn’t the best game. It was the worst we’ve played for a good few weeks now.
“It’s a shame we couldn’t keep this nice run of games going, but we have to regroup, work on the things which went wrong.

“We were 3-2 up and cruising but switched off in the last 10 minutes. But like every game there are positives to take and we have six games to go and have to win as many as we can.”


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