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Raiders defenceman Burnett insists they’re now a team to keep an eye on in South Two

PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 December 2018

Raiders defenceman Callum Burnett in action (Pic: John Scott)

Raiders defenceman Callum Burnett in action (Pic: John Scott)

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Everyone Active Raiders defenceman Callum Burnett feels they are one now one of the teams to beat in National League Divisoin South Two as they head into a weekend break.

The Romford-based club narrowly lost 6-5 to Cardiff Fire in Wales, before comprehensively beating Basingstoke Buffalo 10-3 back on home ice the next night.

And the 17-year-old believes they can continue improving despite already sitting as high as fifth in the league table.

“Sitting fifth in the table is a great thing as we’re a new club and we’re showing we’re meeting our expectations of being a competitive team and we’re one to beat within the league,” he said.

“I feel we still can go further and will do so as we still have another gear or two to go up.

“We’re all excited and ready to play some tough fixtures coming up in the New Year and are confident in our ability to perform well.

“I see our team being one to watch and we know we have the ability to perform.”

The Great Britain under-18s defenceman has labelled their away to defeat to Fire on Saturday as a learning curve after taking a 5-3 lead into the final five minutes of the match.

“I feel the defeat was a learning curve for the team and let us know that we have to play all three periods of hockey in order to win,” he added.

“We know that and reflected upon it before our game the next day and decided to use it to our advantage in order to play much better.

“As a team knowing we must not take our foot off the pedal any time during a game it was a positive outcome the next day, allowing us to gain the win and have a good bounce back.”

Burnett also felt the team didn’t perform their best at Cardiff but showed character to bounce back with a win over the Buffalo.

“I feel against Cardiff the team and I included didn’t perform at our best,” he said.

“However we still managed to gain a lead for the majority of the game, but sadly lost it towards the end.

“The bounce back was a great one and we expected nothing less after our performance the night before.

“We took control of the game after the end of the first period and we didn’t look back knowing the consequences that can happen when doing so.”

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