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Raiders aim to shoot down Stars

PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 November 2015

London Raiders captain Tom Davis (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders captain Tom Davis (pic: John Scott)

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Captain Davis wants to build momentum

London Raiders import Michal Oravec netted in both matches last weekend (pic: John Scott)London Raiders import Michal Oravec netted in both matches last weekend (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders captain Tom Davis believes his side can shoot down National League rivals Oxford Stars at Lee Valley tomorrow (Saturday).

Raiders saw a six-game unbeaten home run at Lee Valley ended by the Isle of Wight last Saturday, before Davis netted twice in a hard-fought victory at Solent the following night.

And the skipper feels they can make it back-to-back wins in their only match of this weekend, against an Oxford team that has already upset defending champions and leaders Chelmsford.

Davis said: “We take on the Stars this weekend, who are flying so far this season so we have no easy task ahead.

“But I feel we can take maximum points this weekend and keep the ball rolling.”

Raiders went close to a maximum four-point haul last weekend, racing out of the blocks against the islanders as Michal Oraved struck twice in the space of 13 seconds.

Wight replied before the end of the first period, then netted twice in nine seconds themselves in the middle session.

And although Mason Webster’s powerplay goal levelled it up at the start of the final stanza, the visitors claimed the points with their fourth goal of the night.

Davis said: “I really thought we were unlucky not to take a point away from our game against the Isle of Wight.

“We came out hard and that was proved by us taking an early 2-0 lead.

“They clawed one back which gave them a bit of momentum finishing out the first and going into the second they got a lucky goal taking a deflection off the plexi glass which put them right back in the game.

“They quickly found a third which really got them rolling, but we carried on battling hard and drew level. Unfortunately for us they got a break to score a fourth.

“It was a good team performance just not enough on the night.”

Davis was moved into attack to deputise for the absent Frankie Harvey at Solent and opened the scoring, before setting up Oravec on the very next shift.

Solent halved the deficit and the scoreline remained unchanged until the closing seconds, when Davis fired into an empty net after Devils goalie Christian Cole was withdrawn for an extra skater.

Davis added: “We went into Sunday’s game needing the two points and every player came out of the dressing room with the right attitude.

“Again we scored another two goals in a short space of time which was a big boost, but again they quickly gained a goal back.

“It was a very tight game then for the last two periods, but luckily for once we got the lucky bounce and got the empty net goal and took both points.”

Davis was more than happy to do his bit for the cause, doubling his goals tally for the season on the night.

But he also paid tribute to goalie Michael Gray, who broke the club record for most minutes played in league matches when he surpassed Russ Jackson’s mark.

He said: “It was a great night for myself as I even managed two of the goals and an assist on the other.

“I feel Michael Gray played a big part, having to make some big saves, but it was a great team performance.”


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