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Raiders ‘need to be better’

PUBLISHED: 08:00 21 February 2015

Jacob Ranson scores for London Raiders at Oxford (pic: John Scott)

Jacob Ranson scores for London Raiders at Oxford (pic: John Scott)

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

Jacob Ranson celebrates a goal for London Raiders at Oxford (pic: John Scott)Jacob Ranson celebrates a goal for London Raiders at Oxford (pic: John Scott)

Saturday I think was our worst performance since Christmas, we came out flat and continued to be flat for the entire game.

With nothing really clicking in my opinion and a lot of sloppy play throughout, the bright side for me was Douglas as he had another good game making some important saves.

Jacob Ranson celebrates a goal for London Raiders at Oxford (pic: John Scott)Jacob Ranson celebrates a goal for London Raiders at Oxford (pic: John Scott)

Other than that I think we can’t let it happen again and must work to correct our mistakes as that was two points dropped the way I see it.

We allowed the Bracknell side to play their game and didn’t even play ours.

Jacob Ranson celebrates a goal for London Raiders at Oxford (pic: John Scott)Jacob Ranson celebrates a goal for London Raiders at Oxford (pic: John Scott)

We must pick it up again, to make these last six games really count as I watched another Chelmsford-Streatham game on Sunday.

I would think it would be best to avoid Chelmsford out of anyone in the play-offs,

So we have our work cut now as that would mean catching Solent up for seventh place.

This weekend was also my first scoreless weekend in a while so it was nice to see some old game photos go online of me scoring and put my mind off that display.

One thing I have noticed over the last few weeks is how much players love seeing pictures of themselves from games, me being one.

Even my dad seems to enjoy it as I’ve noticed his been building up his own digital album all season.

So between the both of us it will be great to see what we come up with and have to look back at when my playing days are over.

Most players I’ve played with always seem to collect their pictures up throughout the season to make an album or make one as the season goes on through facebook.

For me this season John has managed to snap some great pictures of me, a fair few of me smiling at opposition or being a pest, but the best ones are the sequences.

One of my favourite ones must be the goal sequence from Oxford a couple of weeks back.

It had a great picture of the goal, followed by a terrible arms-in-the-air celebration, along with Kostelansky joining me to celebrate the equaliser.

This Saturday should be a great road trip and day out for the fans, as the double decker looks set to be busy, which means a lot of travelling fans.

It could possibly be our last road trip to the island, with a local press release announcing the closure of the Ryde rink in March.

Hopefully it will not be the case as it’s a great away game and would be a massive loss for the league to lose a team like Wightlink.

It would be great to see someone buy the rink and keep the team and their junior set-up going, as there are too few rinks in England already.

Back to the present though, having that many fans away from home should create a good atmosphere for us and really give us a boost as we look to put one over Wightlink.

Our fellow Raiders have started to find their form now after a rough start like ourselves and are climbing that table.

It will be a tough game, but I feel it’s going to be a close end-to-end game, albeit that isn’t too hard on their small rink!

But it always makes for great entertainment with quick back-and-forth plays.


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