Raiders forward Chong has dubbed it an important weekend

PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 October 2018

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)


Everyone Active Raiders will be desperate to get points on the board this weekend after suffering successive losses in National League Division One, writes Jacob Ranson.

The Romford-based club will have a tough task of doing so as they make the trip to title favourites Swindon Wildcats on Saturday before they welcome dark horses and defending champions Basingstoke Bison to the Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre on Sunday.

Forward Liam Chong has dubbed it an important weekend for the gold and blue outfit as they look to get back on track with their high expectations this season.

“They’re two very important games for us, especially after dropping points last weekend,” the 26-year-old said. “We need to get something out of it.”

The former Bison forward believes every match will be tough this season and that they just have to be prepared to battle for the points.

“All games are tough in this league and we just have to be ready to dig deep,” added Chong, as Raiders face the Wildcats, who didn’t make too many changes during the summer, for the first time this season.

Basingstoke, meanwhile, had to completely rebuild after majority of their treble-winning side left, including Aaron Connolly and Dan Scott to join Raiders.

Sean Easton’s side have already come up against Ashley Tait’s men, suffering a 5-2 defeat at Planet Ice Basingstoke last month.

The first home meeting with the Bison will also be in aid of the club’s supported charity this season, St Francis Hospice.

The team will be wearing their orange warm-up jerseys for the match and be hoping to raise funds for the charity which is committed to providing free, person-centred care to those affected by a life limiting illness.

“Playing hockey in front of your local fans and friends and family is always a great thing to do,” Chong said. “But, when you can do that and raise money for a charity it’s even better.”

*Sunday’s game starts at 5.30pm and tickets are £12 adults, £9 concessions and £6 children.

The Division Two Raiders are back in action this weekend with a home match against Haringey Huskies at Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre on Saturday (5.15pm).

Entry is £6 adults, £4.50 concessions and £3 children.

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