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Raiders coach Easton ‘gutted’ at free Sunday

PUBLISHED: 09:00 20 November 2018

Raiders celebrate Jake Sylvester's overtime winner (pic John Scott)

Raiders celebrate Jake Sylvester's overtime winner (pic John Scott)

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Everyone Active Raiders coach Sean Easton admitted he was disappointed to have only one fixture at the weekend.

Raiders coach Sean Easton issues instructions on the bench (pic John Scott)Raiders coach Sean Easton issues instructions on the bench (pic John Scott)

Raiders came from 3-1 down to beat National League leaders Bracknell in overtime at Romford’s Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre on Saturday, with goals from Ashley Jackson, Blaho Novak, Aaron Connolly and Jake Sylvester.

But having claimed such a morale-boosting success, Raiders then found themselves with Sunday off and Easton said: “I’m gutted we’re not playing tomorrow. After a game like that, whoever we’d played tomorrow would’ve been in for a tough task, we’re off the walls at the moment.

“We’ve got a day off, a week of training and then we’ll see what we can do against these boys.”

Raiders had lost all four previous meetings with Bracknell this season, two challenge matches and two league, but will hope to build on their first success against the Bees when they take on Basingstoke and Peterborough next weekend.

Raiders line up for a face-off (pic John Scott)Raiders line up for a face-off (pic John Scott)

Easton’s men have lost 5-2 and 4-3 against the Bison already this term and went down 5-2 against the Phantoms last month, after a last-second overtime goal had secured a 3-2 win in their first meeting.

But the coach believes his team are a match for anyone, adding: “Five on five, I’ve said before, there’s no team that can match our intensity.

“Bracknell struggled to hold us, we’ve just got to have that bit of belief in pushing harder and defending harder.

“We will beat them (Basingstoke). I guarantee we will beat them this year. There’s no way we can’t. If we play like that, week in, week out, there’s not a lot of teams that will touch us.”

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