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Raiders coach relishing return

PUBLISHED: 18:00 12 September 2014

Danny Marshall (left) looks on from the crowd with Michael Gray and Frankie Harvey (pic: John Scott)

Danny Marshall (left) looks on from the crowd with Michael Gray and Frankie Harvey (pic: John Scott)

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Jakub Klima scores one of his three goals for Raiders against Cardiff (pic: John Scott)Jakub Klima scores one of his three goals for Raiders against Cardiff (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders player-coach Danny Marshall returns from a one-game suspension as his side host Bracknell at Lee Valley tomorrow (Saturday, 5.30pm).

And he is keen for them to build on their opening-night success over Cardiff, having been a frustrated observer in the stands last weekend.

“It was frustrating to watch. We had a full line of players in the bar!” said Marshall, who sat out alongside Michael Gray, Frankie Harvey and Ross Wilkinson.

“I don’t think they could hear me from up there but I’ve got to be happy with the result. We made hard work of it, but we got the job done in the end.

Jakub Klima celebrates one of his goals against Cardiff (pic: John Scott)Jakub Klima celebrates one of his goals against Cardiff (pic: John Scott)

“It can only get better. Bracknell always put out a reasonable side and we’re not in the frame of mind of taking any team for granted.

“But I’d like to think we can beat them. I go into every game wanting to win it and we’ve got the talent on our team, but it’s a case of can we produce it?

Raiders fell two goals down in the opening period against Cardiff, before David Oliver scrambled the puck home from close range on a powerplay.

Cardiff restored their cushion in the first minute of the second period, before debutants Stephen Deacon and Vaclav Drabek struck to get Raiders back on terms.

The visitors edged in front before the second interval, but Jakub Klima’s final-period hat-trick sealed a 6-4 win in front of an encouraging home crowd.

Marshall added: “If you give Cardiff a good start they grow in confidence, which can be a recipe for disaster.

“It was our first game of the season and the team hadn’t had much time together and started chasing pucks and trying too hard.

“But they settled down, found their feet and things started coming together. Credit where it’s due, the boys kept cool heads and turned it around, but it wasn’t easy. I could see some tired bodies out there.”

Raiders will be without young Jack Lee, who suffered a shoulder injury, and saw James Buckingham decide against joining the club this week.

But Marshall was pleased with his other newcomers, adding: “Drabek scored a lovely goal and looked comfortable on the puck. Once he settles in he will be fine.

“Jack was doing well before his injury but that’s the way hockey is. He will get opportunities again in future. Bailey Wootton impressed me as well and Jacob Ranson stepped up too.

“If we’re going to do well this season, it’s what they are going to have to do.”

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