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Raiders ‘best yet’ says Oliver

PUBLISHED: 10:41 11 February 2015 | UPDATED: 10:41 11 February 2015

London Raiders defenceman David Oliver shares a word with goalie Chris Douglas (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders defenceman David Oliver shares a word with goalie Chris Douglas (pic: John Scott)

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Defenceman hails success at Streatham

London Raiders defenceman David Oliver called his side’s win at Streatham their best of the campaign to date.

Bailey Wootton, Jacob Ranson, Ricky Deacon and Liam Chong were on target in the 4-2 success in south London, as returning goalie Chris Douglas produced a man-of-the-match display between the pipes with 44 saves.

And Oliver, who had a brief spell with Streatham earlier this season, says the latest victory and performance of Douglas has given the squad a massive lift as they chase a play-off place.

He said: “Sunday night was the biggest win of the season so far, we looked like a true team on and off the ice.

“Chris showed why he is one of the best netminders in the league, he gives the team a huge confidence boost.”

Raiders were without forwards Grant Taylor and Dan Peters against the Redskins, but coach Alan Blyth was still able to find some good combinations and young Wootton finished with three points to his name.

Oliver added: “The lines are looking good. Deacon jumped up on the second line and scored the goal of the season so far and Bailey had a great night with 1+2.

“It just shows that we can play against any team in the league and get two points.

“We have to bring that to every team, home and away, and build to the play-offs.

“We have about seven games left and will be looking to win as many as we can and get into the play-offs and go as far as we can.”

Raiders return to Lee Valley on Saturday to play host to Bracknell Hornets (5.30pm).


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