Raiders NIHL Two forward Kinkor expects a battle against Invicta Mustangs
PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 September 2018
Raiders import forward Kamil Kinkor expects the new-look National League Two side to battle in their season-opening game against Invicta Mustangs.
The club’s second-team will make the trip to Planet Ice Gillingham on Saturday for their first game in the National League South Two.
And Ben Pitchley’s side will be keen to get off to a strong start against one of last season’s strugglers in the league.
“We’re expecting to come out and work as a team,” said the 27-year-old Kinkor.
“We’ve only had a couple of ice sessions, so everyone is still new to each other.
“Ben and I have put together three solid lines, which will give the prospects a chance to play with the experienced players to improve their games, and be motivated towards working on getting into the first team.”
The former Oxford City Stars man is backing the young squad to be successful despite expecting a tough match against the Mustangs.
“The boys are doing great, they listen to what we have to say, and they do as they’re told so they should do great,” he added.
“The first game is going to tough, but we will try to play as a unit, we will make mistakes but we will be working on them during the season. Hopefully we should come away with a win on Saturday.”
Kinkor also feels they have nothing to be worried about despite their opponents having plenty of players who have played in Division One including Brad Guttridge, Jarvis Mewett, Anthony Baskerville and Joe Bliss.
“Invicta have plenty of players that played at NIHL 1 level and this level for years, but we have nothing to worry about, and we will give 100 per cent and give them a good game,” said Kinkor.
The forward also expects there to be many surprises across the new 15-team league this campaign and he hopes to help his side with his experience.
“This league will bring many surprises and a lot of new talent,” he said.
“I’ve played in lots of countries and I’ve been coached by some of the top coaches in the world, so I’m hoping I can bring that knowledge to the team.”