Raiders goalie Gray says they must have same mindset for every game
PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 October 2018
Everyone Active Raiders netminder Michael Gray says they will go into the weekend with the same mindset as they would for any opponents in the league, writes Jacob Ranson.
The Romford-based club will travel away to in-form Peterborough Phantoms on Saturday (7pm) before returning home to the Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre to face title favourites Swindon Wildcats the following night.
The 29-year-old also feels when they’re in-form they can beat anyone in the National League South One and must live up to that standard.
“Every weekend is tough in this league now so it’s no different and that’s the mindset we go into every game but we know on our day we can beat any team in the league.”
Last time Raiders made the trip to Peterborough they came away with a 3-2 over-time win as captain Aaron Connolly found the back of the net with a second left to play.
Gray is backing them to continue their good run of form against Slava Koulikov’s men again this time round.
“For some reason we always seem to play really well at Peterborough as a team so we hope we carry on that trait.
“Every team we’ve played this year is tough on home ice so it’s no different to any other away game.”
While, the long-serving squad member also wants to pay the Wildcats back for their heavy 6-0 defeat at the Link Centre earlier this month.
“We want some pay back due to what happened at their place,” he said.
“Although that did happen last year and went on to beat them at Romford in the next game.
“We have our plan that we need to stick to for that game.”
Gray did praise Aaron Nell’s side and dub them the strongest team in the league on paper.
“On paper the Swindon team is probably the best in the league.
“They’ve had the core of that team playing together for a number of years now so it makes them even stronger.
“But it’s a long season and anything can happen.”
Raiders will remain without forwards Ollie Baldock and Mason Webster for the clashes as both remain sidelined through injury.
They did welcome Alan Lack back into the line-up last weekend but he is not expected to be involved.