Raiders reach season’s end
PUBLISHED: 08:52 13 April 2015 | UPDATED: 08:52 13 April 2015
London Raiders 3 Isle of Wight 8 (9-20 on agg)
Understrength London Raiders were well beaten for the second night in a row by their namesakes from the Isle of Wight as their National League play-off campaign ended at Lee Valley last night.
On the wrong end of a 12-6 defeat the previous night in Ryde, and with several key players missing the action once again, the home side fell behind in the third minute as Alex Barker beat George Alley.
A hooking penalty against Christopher Cooke went unpunished by the hosts, before Jaroslav Cesky added a second for Wight with barely six minutes gone.
Owen Griffiths made it 3-0 at the first break, giving Wight a nine-goal advantage on aggregate, and the visitors replaced starting goalie Matt Colclough with youngster Shannon Long at the midway mark.
Nick Compton added a fourth, after earlier taking a puck to the mouth, before Matt France opened the home side’s account.
Corey Watkins restored the four-goal margin before the second interval and Craig Tribe made it 6-1 early in the final session.
But David Oliver netted on a powerplay after Ben Paynter was binned for hooking and then sent Josh Condren clear to net a third for the home side.
Wight had the final say, though, as Steve Balmer and Cesky struck further goals inside the final three minutes to seal a comfortable passage through to the final, where they will meet Invicta after their 9-5 aggregate win over MK Thunder.
Scorers, London: Oliver 1+1 France 1+1 Condren 1 Cooper 0+1 Taylor 0+1 Ranson 0+1.
Wight: Cesky* 2+3 Griffiths 1+2 Barker 1+2 Tribe 1+2 Balmer 1 Compton 1 Watkins 1 Facey 0+2 Webb 0+1 Cooke 0+1.
Penalty minutes: London 0 Wight 6.
Shots on goal: Alley (L) 36 Colclough (W, 29:28) 13-0 Long (W, 30:32) 21-3.