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Raiders ‘must be ready’

PUBLISHED: 08:00 21 March 2015

Jacob Ranson in action for London Raiders against Isle of Wight (pic: John Scott)

Jacob Ranson in action for London Raiders against Isle of Wight (pic: John Scott)

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London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson is writing a blog during the 2014/15 season

London Raiders forward Ross Wilkinson keeps close tabs on an Isle of Wight rival (pic: John Scott)London Raiders forward Ross Wilkinson keeps close tabs on an Isle of Wight rival (pic: John Scott)

The season is almost at the end now, with only three games remaining, and we’ve got to get back on track.

Last weekend was another weak performance by us and I’d like to apologise to the fans who showed up.

Alan Lack was named player of the month for February for London Raiders (pic: John Scott)Alan Lack was named player of the month for February for London Raiders (pic: John Scott)

I did notice people leaving during the game. We didn’t give them much to cheer about, because we left Wightlink to dominate the game.

Going from the first shift, I thought we were going to really take it to them. We came out firing, trapping them in their end until the puck broke loose and they scored.

Isle of Wight player-coach Jeremy Cornish (pic: John Scott)Isle of Wight player-coach Jeremy Cornish (pic: John Scott)

The tables turned after that, nothing seemed to go right from then on, allowing a well drilled opposition to run riot.

Recent form for us has not been great, with our last two games being very weak, we need to change that this weekend.

This weekend is all about picking up maximum points and securing our play-off spot.

In order to do that, we must be ready to take to the ice, not letting ourselves come out slow and flat like we have in the last two matches. We’ve been beaten for speed all round the ice, losing our 50-50 battles.

Saturday and Sunday will both be very hard games, Solent have caused some upsets this season and run some of the best teams very close throughout.

They’re a side that stick to a gameplan and execute it well, so we best be on the ball to shut them down and take it to their defence, which in my opinion is their weakest area.

Sunday we will face my former club MK Thunder, who in my opinion are a great example of a young team coming good with a few additions, which is great to see.

It’s made the league ten times stronger, as they are a good side now that are extremely dangerous because of their speed. I can’t wait to go back to the new rink in Milton Keynes, most likely my favourite ice pad in the league. I love the size and how nice skating on the ice is.

It’s always tough playing against a former team, especially one for me that got me on the ice in the second half of the season when I was not enjoying hockey so much.

But once we’re on the ice it’s got to mean business, with the blue and gold coming home with the two points on the evening.

The two games are massive for us. It could be make or break for our season, so hopefully we can give the fans something to cheer about and more games to cheer about.

Let’s go make the play-offs and get some more Essex rivalry in action!


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