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Raiders captain aims to cause upset

PUBLISHED: 18:00 31 March 2015 | UPDATED: 17:59 02 April 2015

London Raiders captain Tom Davis looks on from the bench during his side's clash with Cardiff (pic: Danny Oxley)

London Raiders captain Tom Davis looks on from the bench during his side's clash with Cardiff (pic: Danny Oxley)

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Davis: We can beat Chelmsford

London Raiders captain Tom Davis (left) looks on as David Oliver keeps a close eye on a Cardiff rival in front of the net (pic: Danny Oxley)London Raiders captain Tom Davis (left) looks on as David Oliver keeps a close eye on a Cardiff rival in front of the net (pic: Danny Oxley)

London Raiders captain Tom Davis sees no reason why his side cannot cause an upset in the National League play-offs at the weekend.

Raiders take on champions Chelmsford in a two-legged quarter-final, hosting the Chieftains at Lee Valley on Saturday before the return at the Riverside Ice Arena the following night.

But although they lost all four meetings with their fierce rivals during the regular campaign, Davis believes a shock is not beyond the realms of possibility.

He said: “I’ve heard people writing us off already against Chelmsford, but I’m not so sure.

“I think the boys and the team in general have the grit and determination to pull off a surprise.

“Chelmsford are without goalie Euan King, which is a bit of a setback for them, but they still have another goalie with quality.

“It’s not going to be easy, but in my eyes we can do it.”

King was injured during the first leg of the cup final with Invicta last weekend, which ended in a 4-4 draw.

Ben Clements played the second leg, as Chieftains fell to a 5-3 defeat in Gillingham, while Raiders ended their league schedule with a 3-3 draw against Cardiff.

Bailey Wootton put Raiders ahead in the first minute, but the Welsh club hit back to lead 3-1 thanks to two goals from Jamie Hayes and another from Josh Haslam.

Alan Lack replied early in the final period and Stephen Deacon’s late powerplay goal ensured Raiders avoided defeat.

Davis added: “It was great to get a point going into the play-offs, but it wasn’t the win we was looking for.

“We played some great hockey in the third period to pull the game back. It was maybe some of the Raiders’ best hockey of the season, so that’s something to take into this weekend.”


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