Raiders Lack is expecting a battle against Guildford on the back of solid Invicta win
PUBLISHED: 11:00 25 October 2018
Everyone Active Raiders NIHL 2 forward Alan Lack says it will be a battle against Guildford Phoenix this weekend, writes Jacob Ranson.
The Raiders will welcome Andrew Hemmings’ side to the Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre as they look to continue building momentum after picking up back-to-back wins in the league.
Although, it will be a tough challenge for the new-look side after the Phoenix caused an upset with a 3-2 win against title favourites and defending champions Oxford City Stars.
“Guildford looks like a good side, very hard working and young, so it’s definitely going to be a good game and battling one,” the 25-year-old said.
The former Raiders and Basingstoke Bison winger says he would not want to come up against his team-mates as they work tirelessly throughout the match.
“I believe we are starting to send a message to the league that we are young, fast and we will battle.
“Personally I wouldn’t like to face our team due to the fact we will skate all game.”
They go into the match on the back of a 6-2 win against Invicta Mustangs with Brandon Webster guiding the way with a hat-trick.
The hosts took just 71 seconds to open the scoring through Kamil Kinkor.
But the visitors were back on terms with a power play goal from Joe Bliss, after Daniel Hitchings was given a cross-checking penalty.
Raiders regained the lead through Webster, who netted on a power play when Michael Stokes was binned for tripping, and it was 3-1 when Webster struck on another man advantage, after Jarvis Mewett was given a minor penalty for a late hit.
They moved 4-1 ahead when captain Sam Roberts netted from Alan Lack and George Gell assists, with the only goal of the second period.
And a fifth goal arrived early in the final stanza as Lack set up Tommy Huggett.
Webster completed his treble in the 53rd minute, before Bliss struck again for the visitors it was only a consolation effort as Raiders completed a double over their rivals from Kent.
“It was a solid win and something that we needed.
“It’s still a new and very young team and you can see that, but every game we play we are getting better and more gel as a unit.”
The forward also revealed he was pleased with his personal performance and feels as if his confidence is coming back after missing a chunk of last term with a nasty facial injury from a slap shot.
“I am pleased with my performance and steps like this help with my confidence as it was rocked last year after my injury.”