Raiders coach Easton wants to cause another upset to keep their winning run alive
PUBLISHED: 09:00 17 November 2017
London Raiders head coach Sean Easton expects a tough time on the road as they travel to former EPL teams Swindon Wildcats and Basingstoke Bison this weekend.
The Lee Valley-based club will play at the Link Centre in Swindon on Saturday (6.15pm), before travelling to Basingstoke the following night (5.30pm).
Easton’s men go into the match on the back of three straight league wins and will now be hoping to cause a few upsets to continue their good form but the coach is under no illusion of how big the challenge will be.
“This weekend will be tough, Swindon look to play a different style of game at home than on the road, they will have their fans behind them and will be up for a game,” said Easton. “Basingstoke are a strong outfit, deadly on the offence and strong at the back. Especially being our second road game in two days we will feel the effects of Swindon before we take to the ice Sunday.”
However, Easton believes the message should now be out to the former English Premier League clubs that they should not underestimate his side, who won 6-3 at Peterborough recently.
“By now I would like to think the message to the likes of Bracknell, Peterbourgh, Swindon and Basingstoke before games would be, do not underestimate these teams,” he added.
Long-serving JJ McGrath was given a big send-off after their 4-2 victory against Streatham in his last home match last weekend.
The 33-year-old is set to move to Canada and Easton admits he will be a big loss to the club as he plays his last games in the gold and blue jersey this weekend.
“It’s a shame losing McGrath. Despite his reputation as a tough guy, he’s great to have around,” he added.
“He keeps the mood light in the room, is a calm head and not phased and doesn’t panic in tough situations. He’s a voice of experience for the younger players.
“This is his last outing for the Raiders this weekend before he flies off to the home of hockey, Canada. We wish him every success and hope he continues playing out there.
“After training and playing for the last few months, I’m sure the Canucks know of his arrival!”
The club will also be without goalie Euan King who left to join home-town club Peterborough Phantoms this week.