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Raiders ‘can get rewards’

PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 November 2015

Robbie Veares (right) netted his first goal for Raiders in their win over Cardiff (pic: John Scott)

Robbie Veares (right) netted his first goal for Raiders in their win over Cardiff (pic: John Scott)

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Defenceman Veares confident of success

Liam Chong goes on the rush for London Raiders (pic: John Scott)Liam Chong goes on the rush for London Raiders (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders defenceman Robert Veares believes they can take maximum points from their National League meetings with the Isle of Wight and Solent this weekend.

Veares scored his first goal for Raiders in their 3-2 win over Cardiff last weekend, before they came up short at Streatham the following night.

And the 24-year-old saw enough from his side in those matches to feel they can be successful.

He said: “I believe we can come away with two wins at the weekend.

Rob Jenner in action for London Raiders against Cardiff (pic: John Scott)Rob Jenner in action for London Raiders against Cardiff (pic: John Scott)

“If we can take how we started and finished our games from last weekend and apply it for the whole of both of these games we will be able to.

“Going into last weekend’s games we knew they going to be tough, going up against two quick and physical teams.

“On Saturday we started strong. It looked like Cardiff were trying fill the neutral zone with bodies and not forchecking too much in the first period, which allowed us to break out well and gain their zone where we were cycling the puck, creating good chances and ultimately scoring our three goals.

“In the second and third Cardiff seemed to change tactics and forchecked and pressured a lot more, but I think we still managed to play well and hold the puck in their zone well and finished strong and came away with the points.”

London Raiders defenceman David Oliver lets fly against Cardiff (pic; John Scott)London Raiders defenceman David Oliver lets fly against Cardiff (pic; John Scott)

Import forward Michal Oravec netted powerplay goals either side of setting up Veares as Raiders skated to a 3-0 lead against the Devils, who clawed back two goals in defeat.

Marek Nahlik and Frankie Harvey scored in the opening period at Streatham, but Raiders trailed 4-2 at the first break and conceded twice more in the middle session, before Rio Grinell-Parke and Harvey hit back in the closing frame.

Veares added: “We started well again on Sunday, but Streatham were doing well at keeping the puck in our zone and keeping us under pressure for periods of time.

“I think we really showed our character on how strong we finished and I think we were very close to tying the game up and I think Streatham knew that too.”

London Raiders forward Mason Webster goes around Cardiff's wandering goalie Michael Crisp (pic: John Scott)London Raiders forward Mason Webster goes around Cardiff's wandering goalie Michael Crisp (pic: John Scott)

Despite the defeat in south London it was still a memorable weekend for former Hall Mead pupil Veares, who came up through the junior ranks at Romford and made his Raiders debut towards the end of the 2009-10 English Premier League season.

Veares has spent the last five seasons in Division Two with Romford Fury and Haringey Racers and had just two goals in 109 appearances at that level.

But he is halfway towards matching that tally after just 15 outings this term and added: “It was a great feeling to score my first goal for the Raiders, especially at home.

“It was from a a good face-off win from Oravec to David Oliver on the point, who made a quick D-to-D pass across to me.

“I turned towards goal and pushed the puck out in front of me for the shot, which made it start to roll. I tried to settle it, but saw I was being closed down so I took the shot and saw it go above the goalie’s glove.

“I heard it hit the crossbar and didn’t realise I’d scored until I saw it drop behind the goalie.”

And although his first goal made it special, Veares revealed he is relishing the action this season, adding: “m enjoying it as much as I thought I would, playing amongst a very talented group of players.

“I’m really enjoying the speed and competitiveness in every game.”


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