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Pitchley pleased to play part in Raiders triumph

PUBLISHED: 18:00 13 December 2018

JJ Pitchley lurks near the Bracknell net (pic Kevin Lamb)

JJ Pitchley lurks near the Bracknell net (pic Kevin Lamb)

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Everyone Active Raiders forward JJ Pitchley was pleased to play his part in a come-from-behind win over Bracknell at Romford's Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre on Sunday.

With the hosts trailing 2-0 at the first break, having been outshot 20-7 in the first 20 minutes by the Bees, former Romford junior Pitchley tipped in Dan Scott’s shot on a power play to start the rally.

Captain Aaron Connolly levelled during another man advantage late in the middle session, before Blaho Novak and Ashley Jackson struck in the final period to seal a 4-2 victory.

And having taking his tally for the season to 11 points in 25 matches – and 122 in total as a Raider – Pitchley said: “It’s not been a particularly great season for myself pointwise but I’d like to think I’ve been contributing a lot more now.

“I got over a hump in the win against Invicta a couple of weeks back [netting a last-minute winner]. It was a nice goal tonight to open the floodgates and it was a good end to a very weekend for the Raiders.”

Having won 5-2 at leaders Swindon the night before, it meant a second successive four-point weekend for improving Raiders, following earlier victories over bottom two MK Thunder and Invicta.

And former St Edwards pupil Pitchley, 24, is hoping they can end the year well, with games against Swindon, Streatham and Basingstoke to come before Christmas.

He added: “For anyone that’s watched the league since it’s changed, with the teams that dropped out of the EPL a couple of years ago, the league has got far more competitive.

“Any team can beat anyone, as we’ve seen. There have been some close games more recently with the likes of Invicta and Milton Keynes. Unfortunately they’re not in the best position financially but they’ve both got good followings, I can’t imagine anything drastic is going to happen to them.

“I definitely think we can take three more wins to end 2018 on a high and see where we go from there. Our end goal hasn’t changed. We’re still after trophies and everyone in the room has got that in their head and that’s what we’re aiming for.”

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