Raiders forward Ayliffe still expecting a tough weekend against league's bottom two
PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 November 2018 | UPDATED: 09:47 01 December 2018
Everyone Active Raiders will face National League Division One's bottom two sides as they take on Milton Keynes Thunder and Invicta Dynamos this weekend.
The Romford-based club will welcome Thunder to the Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre on Saturday before making the trip to face the Dynamos the following night.
And forward Brandon Ayliffe says he is still expecting two tough clashes as both their opponents have an aggressive playing style.
“I’m expecting a tough, competitive weekend like always. Both teams come out hard and have an aggressive style of play,” the 20-year-old said.
“That is a good thing for us as it makes us play even better and makes us play harder than the opposing teams.”
The former Romford junior says Raiders cannot underestimate anyone in the league, especially Kevin Parrish’s Dynamos side after they picked up their first win of the season last weekend – a 3-2 triumph against Thunder.
“We can’t underestimate any team, especially Invicta. They are an aggressive and hard working team, but we can work harder than them,” he added.
Ayliffe insists Raiders are still confident despite only winning two of their last seven fixtures in the league.
But he does feel picking up four points this weekend will boost that as they want to be battling for the top four places in the standings.
“We already have confidence, but getting the points this weekend will improve it,” said last season’s Raider of the Year.
“We will have loads of confidence to play hard and grit it out like old-time Romford Raiders hockey.
“It is important to now get wins because we don’t want our season to finish early, no-one does. We’re hungry for the play-offs and battling to get into the top four spots.”
Ayliffe also believes they can take positives out of last weekend, despite suffering back-to-back defeats to Basingstoke Bison and Peterborough Phantoms.
“We can take positives out of last weekend as they were both close scores with two of the top teams,” he said.
“We put goals past both sides so we now just need to limit our own mistakes and get ready for future games.”