Raiders Ayliffe keen to focus on positives despite suffering five defeats in their last six

PUBLISHED: 11:00 30 October 2018

Raiders Brandon Ayliffe celebrates his goal (Pic: Kevin Lamb)

Raiders Brandon Ayliffe celebrates his goal (Pic: Kevin Lamb)

Everyone Active Raiders forward Brandon Ayliffe says they must take positives out of the weekend despite losing to Peterborough Phantoms and Swindon Wildcats.

Raiders Brandon Ayliffe celebrates his goal with team-mates (Pic: Kevin Lamb)Raiders Brandon Ayliffe celebrates his goal with team-mates (Pic: Kevin Lamb)

The Romford-based club fell to a 5-2 defeat away to the Phantoms on Saturday before suffering a late 3-2 defeat to the Wildcats thanks to a goal in the final two minutes from Chris Jones.

Sean Easton’s side have now lost five of their last six fixtures in the National League South One and will now have a weekend off.

“The positive’s we have to take are that we can compete with anyone in this league and we have shown we can,” the 20-year-old said.

“We now have a weekend off, which can be a good thing for some people as they might need it to rest because of the aches and pains from a big weekend of hockey.

“We will still be training hard though and preparing for the weekend after.”

The former Chelmsford Chieftains man feels that they played hard against Slava Koulikov’s side but just didn’t catch any breaks.

“It was a hard game like every game we play,” he said.

“We played hard, no one likes losing of course, but we played hard they just got the lucky breaks to put the puck in the net.”

He also admitted it was disappointing to concede late on and miss out on getting anything from their clash with the Wildcats the following night.

“That final minute goal they scored was really disappointing because it was such a good game and we were close to taking the points.

“As soon as that goal went in we didn’t take much from it, we just had to try get a goal back to level it before the game finished, but we were unfortunate not to get that goal.”

Ayliffe was pleased to get on the score sheet as he found the net in the eighth minute on Sunday but he still insists it is more important to pick up league points.

“Yes, a goal for me in that match was very pleasing, but getting points for the team in the league and cup is more important than getting points for myself.”

Raiders will return to action when they welcome strugglers Invicta Dynamos to the Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre on Saturday, November, 10.

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