Pitchley in positive mood as Raiders upset Phantoms on way to a four-point weekend

PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 November 2017

JJ Pitchley looks for a way through against MK Thunder (pic John Scott)

JJ Pitchley looks for a way through against MK Thunder (pic John Scott)


London Raiders forward JJ Pitchley was delighted to help his side produce their best result of the season against National League Division One South leaders Peterborough last weekend.

Marek Nahlik goes on the attack for London Raiders as team-mates look on from the bench (pic John Scott)Marek Nahlik goes on the attack for London Raiders as team-mates look on from the bench (pic John Scott)

Pitchley’s 54th-minute goal proved to be the game-winner in a 6-3 success, after Raiders had let a three-goal lead slip.

Juraj Huska bagged a brace, with Brandon Ayliffe, Marek Nahlik and Olegs Lascenko (empty net) also on target, while goalie Euan King made 43 saves against his home-town club on his return from a knee injury.

And the 23-year-old Pitchley – son of ex-Raiders defenceman Ben – was well aware of the significance of the victory, saying: “Saturday was a good start to the weekend of course. I think it’s the first time the Raiders have beaten Peterbourgh for a long time, not since my dad played!

“To get a a win away from home against the Phantoms was a massive boost for us and it shows us and the league that the gap is just a matter of inches now. It’s anyone’s league.”

Matt Turner scores in a shoot-out for London Raiders (pic John Scott)Matt Turner scores in a shoot-out for London Raiders (pic John Scott)

Raiders, with Michael Gray between the posts this time, were made to work hard for their win over MK Thunder at Lee Valley the following night.

Matt Turner opened the scoring on the power play midway through the match but former Raiders Rio Grinell-Parke and Ross Green scored 19 seconds apart in the final before, before Pitchley grabbed a 51st-minute equaliser to make it 2-2.

Overtime failed to separate the sides, but Turner and Nahlik netted in a penalty shoot-out to earn Raiders victory.

Pitchley added: “We made hard work of what should have been an easier task than Saturday’s game.

“We went into Sunday a little relaxed and MK came out of the blocks wanting it more. Going into the last 10 minutes trailing by one is never the situation we expected after the previous night, but credit to the boys.

“We stepped up and took our chances well to draw it back to 2-2 we had a couple of good chances in OT to end it, including one from myself. But Tommy Annetts stood on his head in those extra five minutes and in the shoot-out.

“‘P-head’ (Gray) made some great saves to give us our first four-point weekend of the season and it was very well-earned but almost taken away by a little bit of confidence from a big win against an old EPL team. It’s a learning curve for us, for sure!”

Latest Romford Sports News

Everyone Active Raiders came from two goals down to sting the Bees and complete a superb four-point weekend in National League Division One.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Raiders toppled National League Division One leaders Swindon with a superb display at the Link Centre on Saturday to make it three wins in a row.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Josh Staunton was dismissed for Shaymen in 35th minute, but Essex club still unable to win

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Romford were made to pay the penalty after falling to defeat against bottom club Witham at Spa Road.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Anderson strike inspires Hammers but they are left to cling on at the end

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Hornchurch had to settle for a share of the spoils with Kingstonian are three late goals at Bridge Avenue.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Vanarama National League: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 (Munns 60) Halifax Town 1 (Clarke 80)

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Shenfield Cricket Club have announced that Roy Smith will return to the club and be their captain in 2019.


From November, The Mercury in Romford begins to celebrate Christmas. The mall has plenty of gift ideas, fun events and activities for everyone

Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

News from your area

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now