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Raiders defenceman Cooper says they have right mindset ahead of facing struggling Dynamos

PUBLISHED: 15:00 09 November 2018

Raiders defenceman Jack Cooper (far right) has a laugh with his team-mates (Pic: John Scott)

Raiders defenceman Jack Cooper (far right) has a laugh with his team-mates (Pic: John Scott)

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Everyone Active Raiders defenceman Jack Cooper insists they must go into the weekend with the right mindset - despite coming up against winless Invicta Dynamos who are struggling financially.

The Raiders will host the basement club at the Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre on Saturday, before making the trip across to south London to face rivals Streatham IHC the following night.

And they go into the weekend themselves having only won one of their last seven National League One South fixtures.

“I believe it will still be a tough weekend for us, you have to go into each game with the mindset that it is going to be tough and we have to play hard,” the 22-year-old said.

“You can’t take any team for granted in this league.”

The Kent club currently prop up the table after losing every single one of their 13 fixtures to date, going down 6-1 at home to Bracknell Bees last Sunday, after being shut out 8-0 at Swindon the night before.

Invicta released a statement ahead of those games saying they were fighting for their future, asking for fans to help raise funds to ensure their survival for the rest of the season and beyond.

Pledges were subsequently made and rival clubs also held collections at rinks around the country, with over £10,365 being raised so far.

And Coopers – a former Thames Terrors player, a team made up of Romford and Invicta under-10s – says it not nice to see any team struggling to survive.

“It’s always tough to see a team in the league struggling to stay in the league,” Cooper said.

“Our league is small enough as it is. We wouldn’t like to see another team drop out, so hopefully they will get out of their situation.

“But we’re still going to come on Saturday with the same mentality that we have for every game, as we need to get back to winning ways.”

Last time the Raiders went across the water to face the Redhawks they let a four-goal led slip and crashed to a 5-4 defeat.

“Streatham on Sunday will be a tough game, they’ve had a good run but we are aiming to stop that,” added Cooper, who feels a weekend off has helped the team rest up ahead of their next two clashes.

“I think the weekend off did us well, gave us some time to relax and re-group and have a good week of training and build up to have a good weekend,” he said.

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