Raiders forward Chong feels frustrated as two late losses leave hopefuls empty-handed

PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 October 2018

Raiders forward Liam Chong takes a face-off against Bees Roman Malinik (Pic: Kev Lamb)

Raiders forward Liam Chong takes a face-off against Bees Roman Malinik (Pic: Kev Lamb)

Everyone Active Raiders forward Liam Chong says it was a hugely frustrating weekend as they fell to defeats against Bracknell Bees and Streatham IHC.

Raiders forward Liam Chong rushes up the ice with the puck (Pic: Kev Lamb)Raiders forward Liam Chong rushes up the ice with the puck (Pic: Kev Lamb)

The gold and blue outfit fell to a narrow 3-2 loss against the Bees in the dying stages on Saturday before throwing a 4-0 lead away the following night to suffer a 5-4 defeat to their London rivals.

With the match poised at 2-2, a bench minor penalty for having too many men on the ice proved costly for the home side as Bees provided a late sting.

The following night they raced to a 4-0 lead at the midway mark, before being pegged back and walking away from the weekend empty-handed.

“To be honest, it was very, very frustrating,” the 26-year-old said.

Raiders Liam Chong celebrates a goal against Streatham with his team-mates (Pic: John Scott)Raiders Liam Chong celebrates a goal against Streatham with his team-mates (Pic: John Scott)

“Especially when we were leading in both games.”

The former Chelmsford Chieftains utility man insists the Raiders must look at the positives from the weekend instead of looking at it like a negative one.

They were without Blahoslav Novak on Sunday after he was given a match penalty against the Bees for butt-ending.

Ollie Baldock and Mason Webster remain sidelined, but Raiders still bolstered a squad of 18 skaters and two goalies, as they came up against Jeremy Cornish’s smaller 14-man side.

“Reflecting on the weekend as a whole, we actually dominated both games for long periods and played good hockey,” said Chong.

“We’re short benched at the moment with a bunch of injuries and we just ran out of steam. So while it could be conceived as concerning giving up leads, I always try to take the positives from it.”

Chong was brought in late to the side on a part-time basis, but has almost been an ever-present with injuries to a few forwards.

And he says he is pleased with his performances so far after not playing last term due to studies.

“After taking a year off, I thought it would take me longer to find my feet, but I feel I’ve started fairly well myself and I’m happy with the performances I’ve put in,” he added.

“With respect to gelling with the players, I’m in the fortunate position that I have played with almost every player on the team at some point in my career, so that hasn’t been a huge problem so far.

“I think playing more games has definitely helped, but more so for my fitness than the team connection.”

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