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Raiders reveal goalie exit

PUBLISHED: 11:37 04 January 2016 | UPDATED: 11:37 04 January 2016

George Alley in action for London Raiders (pic: John Scott)

George Alley in action for London Raiders (pic: John Scott)

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Club saddened as Alley takes break

London Raiders have announced that netminder George Alley is to take a break from the game.

Alley stood in for the absent Michael Gray as Raiders lost 4-2 to the Isle of Wight on Saturday, making 30 saves at Lee Valley.

But the club are ‘saddened’ to reveal he is now taking a break from the sport to “prioritise things away from hockey”.

A club statment said: “It is easy to overlook the significant time taken by this game with travelling and training and the committment this requires from September till April.

“Coming straight after a great performance against the Isle of Wight the loss will be felt even harder and the timing is quite poignant.

“George extends his thanks to the coaches and Kevin for giving him the opportunity to step up a league, and also to the fans for their support whenever he played.

“The team and management in turn extend our thanks to George who has on many occasions been essential to the teams existence and has made himself available for virtually all training sessions and game nights.

“Off the ice he is simply a damn decent chap and we will certainly miss his presence and we wish him well with all his future endeavours.”

After Saturday’s match Alley tweeted: “Thanks for the kind words from the @LonRaiders_IHC fans today. Always a pleasure to play for you. Sorry about the result #GoldAndBlueArmy”

The club must now search for a replacement to support Gray, with matches againt Chelmsford and Oxford to come this weekend.

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