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Raiders NIHL 2 duo Roberts and Webster pleased with efforts in tough defeat

PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 September 2018

Sam Roberts fires goalwards (pic John Scott)

Sam Roberts fires goalwards (pic John Scott)

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Everyone Active Raiders NIHL 2 captain Sam Roberts says it was a tough loss to take as they fell short with a 4-3 defeat to Bristol Pitbulls.

They looked set to bank a point, following their opening-day win at Invicta, as the match entered the final minute, but Pitbulls snatched a winner with just 11 seconds left on the clock at the Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre.

Tommy Huggett, Kamil Kinkor and Matt Brown all found the net for the new-look side but it wasn’t enough to afford defeat in their home opener.

“It was definitely tough to lose in the last third there,” the 29-year-old said.

“I think we played really well in the first and second, we did come out a bit nervous in the first, and then in the second we played some really good hockey.

“We just lost it in the last couple minutes there, that’s a tough loss, but everyone played well.”

The former Haringey forward feels the side are improving constantly and is hoping they can continue to do so.

“We’re moving on every game and hopefully we can gel a bit more then play some better hockey game after game.”

18-year-old forward Brandon Webster also praised the efforts of the youngsters in the side including Tommy Huggett who found the net, defenceman Dan Hitchings, and goalie Brad Windebank.

“I think it’s going great for us young guys, it’s a big step-up for some of us coming into senior hockey, I mean I’ve done a season already myself but some of them like Tommy, Dan and Brad they’re all stepping up which is good to see.

“Everyone gave 100 per cent today, the result wasn’t what we wanted, but definitely we’re going to where we want to go.”

The former Invicta Dynamos man also says Windebank deserved his man of the match award after facing 34 shots in the match.

“Thoroughly deserved, he had a blinder,” Webster said.

“He’s a top goalie and looking good for the future.”

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