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Kinkor expecting big test as Raiders travel to Solent on back of three straight wins

PUBLISHED: 09:00 02 November 2018

Raiders forward Kamil Kinkor in action during pre-season (Pic: John Scott)

Raiders forward Kamil Kinkor in action during pre-season (Pic: John Scott)

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Everyone Active Raiders NIHL 2 forward Kamil Kinkor is expecting a big task when they make the trip to Solent Devils this weekend, writes Jacob Ranson.

The experienced Czech forward and his side will travel to the south coast to face one of the title challengers in the Devils on Saturday (5pm) as they look to continue their winning run in the National League South Two.

The new-look squad go into the clash on the back of three consecutive wins against Haringey Huskies, Invicta Mustangs and, most recently Guildford Phoenix, who they beat on penalty shots at Romford’s Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre last weekend.

“The game with Solent is going to be a big task as they have some very good experienced players especially Alex Murray their player coach,” said the 27-year-old Kinkor.

“I believe we’re in for a good game.”

The 27-year-old says it’s always a surprise playing Solent on their small ice pad in Gosport, adding: “It’s always a surprise in Solent. I’ve been playing down there for the past three years and it is always a good fast game, as there is not much room to play.”

The former Oxford City Stars man also went on to heap praise on his team-mates for their efforts in the victory against Guildford Phoenix last weekend.

Kinkor, Sam Roberts and Tommy Huggett netted to put the hosts 3-2 up at the first break, but they needed a last-minute goal from Alan Lack to avoid defeat.

Kinkor and George Gell netted their penalty shots, while Brad Windebank saved two Guildford efforts.

“I’m really proud of the boys for not giving up and if we play like that and work that hard as a team we can accomplish a lot,” said Kinkor.

“Guildford has a great young team, filled with many talented players. We had to come prepared, we all knew they beat Oxford the weekend before so it was a big test but we managed it well.

“When it came to the shoot-out there was nothing to think about other than just to make sure we won.”

Kinkor picked up a goal and two assists in the match but insists it’s not about points for him this season.

“I’m not looking for points this year,” he added.

“I have a big task from the club to make their prospects into the best players they can be and so far I’m really pleased with the way the boys are battling for us.

“They’re also all battling hard to try get a spot on the Raiders NIHL 1 team as well.”

Those Raiders prospects include Huggett, Brandon Webster, Callum Burnett, Daniel Hitchings and goalies Windebank and Zach Grandy-Smith.

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