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Raiders defenceman Manser looking forward to facing former club Mustangs

PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 October 2018

A packed crowd at the opening game at the Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre (Pic: John Scott)

A packed crowd at the opening game at the Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre (Pic: John Scott)

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Everyone Active Raiders defenceman Stewart Manser is looking forward to coming up against his former club Invicta Mustangs in National League Division Two this weekend.

The new-look Raiders side will welcome the struggling Kent side to the Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre on Saturday (5.15pm) as they look to make it back-to-back wins after beating Haringey Huskies 8-4 last weekend.

The 20-year-old is up for the challenge after spending his entire junior career at Invicta.

“As would anyone I think. It’s always good playing against a bunch of lads that you used to play with, but there’s always that competitive drive for winning, so that’s the main goal,” Manser said.

“I’ve got friends all across the country from playing for 13 years at different levels, so it’s always one to look forward too, coming up against old team-mates.

“What happens on the ice stays on the ice.”

The former Mustangs player admitted it will be useful having some inside knowledge on their opponents, but feels there is not too much need to share as he feels the Raiders are more than capable of breaking them down.

He added: “I wouldn’t strictly pass information on to team-mates but it’s always good having some inside knowledge on stronger players. But as a team we are more than capable of breaking down opposition strategies and plays.”

Manser admitted it will be weird facing his home-town club but insists he has always had a connection with Romford since playing for a joint-team of Romford and Invicta youngsters at junior level.

“Having played for Invicta for 13 years and then taking two out due to injury it was always going to be odd coming back and icing in new colours, but Romford has been part of my hockey career since the beginning, icing for the Thames Terrors back in the day,” he said.

Manser feels he is settling in nicely at the Romford club and praised the squad as he feels he can learn from most of them.

“The lads are all sound and there’s a lot of skilled, good players in the room to give guidance and learn from, so settling into the room has been easy,” he added.

“We had a strong game at the weekend, so let’s carry that momentum into the next two home games and bring home some more points.”

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