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Raiders captain wants response

PUBLISHED: 15:30 11 March 2015

London Raiders captain Tom Davis looks on from the bench during their last home match against Bracknell (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders captain Tom Davis looks on from the bench during their last home match against Bracknell (pic: John Scott)

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Davis: Play-off spot not guaranteed yet

London Raiders captain Tom Davis wants his side to show their National League rivals they can be a force in the play-offs when they host namesakes Isle of Wight this weekend.

Davis returned to the side last weekend, after a short break, but could not help Raiders avoid a 6-2 defeat at second-placed Invicta.

Jakub Kostelansky gave the visitors an early lead, but Dynamos hit back with five unanswered goals – including a controversial Juraj Huska effort – before Jacob Ranson struck.

Huska’s last-second penalty shot completed the scoring and Davis was disappointed with the outcome, saying: “I don’t really have much to say on Sunday’s game. It wasn’t as great a performance as we had hoped.

“There was a couple individual efforts, but that doesn’t win you games and that showed Sunday night, but onwards we go to this weekend.”

Raiders welcome the Isle of Wight to Lee Valley for a rare Sunday night fixture, having skated to a 6-3 success on the small rink at Ryde last month.

Ranson and Alan Lack netted twice each in that success and Davis is looking to complete a quick double as Raiders aim to secure a top-eight spot.

He added: “The boys proved we can beat teams like the Isle of Wight and we will be ready to show the league again this weekend that we are a team not to be faced in play-offs.

“The boys are looking hungry as we know that play-off spot is now guaranteed yet. It makes it more fun for us that there is a battle going on.”


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