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Pitchley’s pleased to pick up late winner as Raiders bank points on return to action

PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 November 2018

JJ Pitchley lurks in front of Invicta's net (pic John Scott)

JJ Pitchley lurks in front of Invicta's net (pic John Scott)

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Everyone Active Raiders forward JJ Pitchley was relieved to come up with a last-minute winner against National League strugglers Invicta last weekend.

JJ Pitchley and Callum WellsJJ Pitchley and Callum Wells

Raiders were 3-0 up at Romford’s Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre by the midway mark on their return to the ice following a blank weekend, thanks to goals from Matt Turner, Aaron Connolly and Filip Sedivy.

But Dynamos, having lost all 13 of their matches before Saturday’s clash, hit back with a power play goal from former Raiders captain Anthony Leone late in the second period.

And the visitors were back on level terms after Andrew Munroe – an ex-Raiders defenceman – and Louis Colvin beat Michael Gray in the final session.

Invicta looked set to bank their first point with overtime looming, but Pitchley claimed a Raiders winner with 39 seconds left, ending a nine-game wait to hit the net as Raiders outshot their rivals by a 59-16 margin.

He said: “It was nothing fancy, that’s for sure! It was good to get back on the board and even better that it was the winner.

“Callum Wells put it rinkwide to ‘Scotty’ and he saw me open in centre ice and made a real nice pass. I just took the ice and managed to get a bad angle shot that came back to me.

“So I just followed my own rebound and snuck one up and over.”

Raiders shared six goals in the first period with Streatham on Sunday, as Ashley Jackson cancelled out Michael Farn’s early opener and Juraj Huska bagged a brace after Adam Carr and Thomas Soar had beaten Ben Clements.

Jackson struck twice more in the middle session to complete his hat-trick, with Blaho Novak putting Raiders 6-3 up with less than 13 minutes remaining.

But Adam Wood, Andreas Siagris and Leigh Jamieson hit back to force overtime, before Jamieson netted the winning penalty shot for Streatham.

The 24-year-old Pitchley added: “I think we started very well both games at the weekend and of course they are two different ends of the spectrum.

“But unfortunately in both we let the lead slip and Sunday it cost us the points. Streatham are a very good team and are in a strong position and playing well.

“The work rate from the boys can’t be faulted, we just need to tie up and put games to bed when we are in control as we have been a handful of times.”

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