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Raiders ‘really starting to click’

PUBLISHED: 15:30 13 February 2015

London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson winds up for a shot (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson winds up for a shot (pic: John Scott)

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

Ricky Deacon - or is it Patrick Kane? - celebrates his wonder goal for London Raiders at Streatham with Vaclav Drabek, Tom Davis and Bailey Wootton (pic; John Scott)Ricky Deacon - or is it Patrick Kane? - celebrates his wonder goal for London Raiders at Streatham with Vaclav Drabek, Tom Davis and Bailey Wootton (pic; John Scott)

Last weekend was a massive win for us at Streatham and really sent a message to the league.

The team we now have in place can take points from anyone and will do given the chance.

Chris Douglas denies a Streatham player for London Raiders (pic: John Scott)Chris Douglas denies a Streatham player for London Raiders (pic: John Scott)

On Sunday, we gave a great team performance with everyone digging deep for that result.

We said before the game ‘we’ve come here for the two points to further the gap on the bottom two and so we can pick up some form going into the play-offs’.

London Raiders forward Alan Lack puts pressure on at Streatham (pic; John Scott)London Raiders forward Alan Lack puts pressure on at Streatham (pic; John Scott)

All the lines clicked, even though we were missing a few players.

The link-up between Tom and Bailey to finish one of the goals was really good, as if they’ve been playing together for years.

As for Deacon’s goal I don’t know what to say. I thought it was Patty Kane for a second! Maybe we’ve got the Welsh version.

Another massive addition was Disco in goal. He come up big at times, making some massive saves to help us at the back end.

Everyone on the team worked really hard for the result and if we do that every match I can’t see not many wanting to face us.

It was great for me to get on the scoreboard again as I feel I’ve been working hard all season and getting a lack of points which is now turning round with them starting to come in most games.

I’m kind of glad the series against Streatham is over now as they all seem to hate me, most likely because I’m annoying on the ice I guess.

I must say what great support we had from our supporters away from home. Kostelansky had two friends show up and it was brilliant hearing them sing ‘Hey Jude’ the whole way through the game, high-fiving every Raiders fan as well by the end of it.

The whole lot of the fans were singing it, let’s hope they are back for more at Lee Valley tomorrow!

Bracknell will be a tough close game again, but hopefully we can go one better than last time.

We nicked a draw in their barn when this team was almost assembled, but not complete, so I think we will be a lot stronger this time around, especially on our home ice.

We can’t go into it expecting a win now we’ve started winning, though. We must use the confidence gained and play our game still as Bracknell have a young speedy team that play some good systems and cause a lot of problems for the teams at the top of the table.

They have some real goal corers and talented youngsters who can cause problems if we don’t stick to our game plan.


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