Raiders Ayliffe disappointed to come away with no points and slip out of play-off spots
PUBLISHED: 14:00 15 January 2020 | UPDATED: 18:00 15 January 2020
Everyone Active Raiders forward Brandon Ayliffe is ‘disappointed’ to come out of the weekend with no points as they slipped out of the National League play-off places.
Sean Easton's men suffered a late 5-3 defeat to Peterborough Phantoms on Saturday before enduring a heavy 8-3 loss to title challengers Swindon Wildcats the following night at Romford's Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre.
Meanwhile, fierce rivals Bracknell Bees sealed a narrow 4-3 win over Slava Koulikov's Phantoms to push the Raiders back down to ninth in the league table.
"The weekend could have gone a lot better than it did, but we're mainly disappointed that we didn't come out of it with any points," the 21-year-old said.
"The Peterborough game was a great game and we just came up short, so I do think it was an improvement from the team as we've struggled there so far this season."
Ayliffe, captain Aaron Connolly and import forward Lukas Sladkovsky all found the back of the net in that match but it was not enough as braces from former Raiders forward Nathan Pollard and Martin Susters as well as a goal from James Ferrara sealed the win for the hosts.
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The following night started brightly but ended badly for the Romford-based side as they were only trailing 3-2 at the end of the first period but special team play proved costly.
Swindon used the power play to their advantage, while Raiders wasted their own opportunities on the man advantage.
"I think what went wrong was the fact that we didn't stick to our game and also the penalties proved costly," added Ayliffe.
"They helped Swindon out more because they have one of the best power plays in the league."
Easton's squad has been plagued with injuries all season and that list has now been added to with defenceman Dan Scott taking a hit to the head while standing on the bench in Peterborough.
"Injuries are going to cause some problems, we shouldn't try and let injuries get in the way, but sometimes they will do but we just need to move forward from them," said Ayliffe.
On a personal note the forward believes he is improving his own game and added two more goals to his tally of 12 this campaign.
"It is pleasing because I feel like I'm improving and making myself better as a player," he said.
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