Raiders have high hopes for new recruit
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Coach Blyth hails Kostelansky impact
London Raiders coach Alan Blyth hopes new import Jakub Kostelansky can help his side secure a National League play-off spot.
The Slovakian netted just 34 seconds into his debut against Streatham, to send Raiders on their way to a 6-3 win, and the Redskins are back at Lee Valley tomorrow (Saturday, 5.30pm).
Blyth said: “Jakub made an immediate impact on Saturday, scoring on his first shift.
“He has a cannon of a shot and can skate very well. He links up well with Jacob (Ranson) and Liam (Chong), has great vision and that works well on our special team plays.
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“I look forward to seeing him grow over the next few weeks as he reaches full fitness. He is a very likable lad in the dressing room also and has settled in very quickly.”
Raiders are set to visit Oxford on Sunday, looking for revenge after a recent 8-6 loss against the Stars.
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Blyth added: “We go into both games full of confidence. We have had a good run lately and are dangerous on the attack.
“Our first line can match any line in the league and will be a real handful for all the teams we face in the run-in.
“We will go to Oxford a completely different proposition to last time. They take penalties as they are a physical team and we have the powerplay unit to punish them.
“We have three lines that will give their all every shift and I cannot ask for more as a coach.”