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Raiders captain Connolly feels it was a big win against Streatham

PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:10 17 September 2018

Raiders captain Aaron Connolly in action against Bracknell Bees (Pic: John Scott)

Raiders captain Aaron Connolly in action against Bracknell Bees (Pic: John Scott)

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Everyone Active Raiders captain Aaron Connolly feels it was a big win against Streatham but was disappointed to not get anything from the match against Bracknell the night before.

The Romford-based club fell to a 6-4 defeat away to the Bracknell Bees on Saturday before returning to the Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre where they came up trumps with a 3-2 victory against London rivals Streatham IHC.

Forward Connolly was pleased with the win at home as it counts for league and cup points.

“It feels really good, especially after last night (Saturday) in Bracknell, we came out a bit slow and we still feel a bit hard done by not coming away with anything from that one,” the 25-year-old told the club’s YouTube channel.

“It was great to back to our own barn, with our own fans and get the win, kind of four points as it was cup and league so it was big for us.”

The former Basingstoke Bison man did feel his side rode their luck in the later stages of the Sunday match and says they must work on not taking as many penalties.

“I think we took a lot of penalties, we’ve got to work on that, we took too many penalties and we were lucky tonight (Sunday).

“We’ve got a good penalty kill, but if we come up against other teams it could be a problem, as I think we really rode our luck.

“When we come into the third are legs were a bit heavy, guys had been killing a lot of penalties, I think we had three or four five on three’s so it’s tough and it took it’s toll towards the end there.

“Luckily we got out of it with a win.”

He also says the side are constantly improving each week and will be an exciting season ahead.

“We said as a group about two or three weeks ago, everytime we touch the ice we want to get a little bit better, whether that’s practice or a game or a period or every shift.

“We want to get better as a unit and I think you can definitely see it, we had a couple of pre-season games that obviously didn’t go our way, butevery game we’re getting better so it’s exciting times.”

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