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Raiders ‘must put things right’

PUBLISHED: 18:00 20 February 2015

London Raiders coach Alan Blyth looks on from the bench (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders coach Alan Blyth looks on from the bench (pic: John Scott)

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Coach expects better from the team

London Raiders coach Alan Blyth wants his side to regroup after their loss in the last five minute to Bracknell when they travel to the Isle of Wight tomorrow (Saturday, 6pm).

The Lee-Valley based club’s three game undefeated run came to an end as the Bracknell Hornets took a 4-3 win over the side.

Blyth said:“It was a frustrating game as we never got going. Defensively we were scrappy and our forward play was far too predictable. We were caught flat footed and you cannot afford to do that against a strong Bracknell team.

“We didn’t move the puck around as well as we can do and we will be putting that right for this weekends clash on the island.”

The gold and blue army will return to action against the Wightlink Raiders, looking to bounce back from the loss they suffered last time out.

“It will be a tough game as the ice surface is much smaller so therefore the intensity will be at its greatest. We know that they have a great net minder and their forwards are a real threat every time we play them. Their defence is an area that we will be looking to exploit.

“I expect a close game that will be decided by who wants to get in those corners and win the loose pucks.”

Following the latest news announced earlier this week about the closure of Isle of Wight ice rink in March, Raiders coach wishes them the best on keeping the rink going.

“They have had the unfortunate news this week that their ice rink is due to close in March and I wish them all the best in hopefully finding another operator to take over the current rink.”


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