Raiders looking to rebound

PUBLISHED: 17:00 07 February 2014

Raiders defenceman David Oliver looks on (pic: Tim Bowes)

Raiders defenceman David Oliver looks on (pic: Tim Bowes)


Oliver positive ahead of ‘big weekend’

Raiders player-coach Danny Marshall chases a Cardiff rival (pic: Tim Bowes)Raiders player-coach Danny Marshall chases a Cardiff rival (pic: Tim Bowes)

Raiders defenceman David Oliver is looking to banish the frustration of defeat in Cardiff against Isle of Wight and Invicta this weekend.

A slow start proved costly in Wales, as shortbenched Raiders found themselves 3-0 down inside 13 minutes.

But Oliver says they will be ready to take on their namesakes tomorrow (Saturday), before a home meeting with the Dynamos at Lee Valley on Sunday (7.30pm).

He said: “This weekend is two big, but different games.

“Isle of Wight at home play smart, hard-hitting hockey, but with our short bench it’s the best place to play. You are always in the game and we will be going to the island for the win.

“Invicta games are one of my favourites to play, being my old team. They bring down a lot of fans and are a very good team on paper, with top players like Smith, Huska, Leone and Fowler.

“They have one of the best netminders in the league (Chris Douglas), who has kept them in a number of games this season, so we know their defence are weak.”

Raiders will hope to welcome AJ Smith and JJ McGrath back to their threadbare line-up, having missed last weekend’s action.

And Oliver believes they can defy their numerical inferiority in the closing weeks of the campaign.

He added: “We have the line of Marshall, Harvey and Klima, who are banging in the goals for fun at the moment and will give the Invicta defence a very hard time.

“Then we have Taylor, McGrath, Smith and Peters, who are working well and getting goals, but hitting everything that comes their way.

“We are only 12 players and two netminders for the rest of the season, but we have a lot of heart and soul in our dressing room.

“We have a great thing going and are looking to keep it going this weekend.”

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