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Roberts says Raiders will be treating struggling Lions like any other team in derby

PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 November 2018

Raiders forward Tommy Hugget taking a face-off at Solent (Pic: Nicola Day)

Raiders forward Tommy Hugget taking a face-off at Solent (Pic: Nicola Day)

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Everyone Active Raiders captain Sam Roberts says they must treat it like any other fixture when they host National League Division Two basement club Lee Valley Lions this weekend.

Raiders forward Alan Lack (Pic: Nicola Day)Raiders forward Alan Lack (Pic: Nicola Day)

Roberts and his side will welcome James Joseph’s Lions to the Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre on Sunday evening (5.30pm) as they look to make it four consecutive home victories.

They will also be keen to get back to winning ways after suffering an 8-5 defeat away to Solent Devils last weekend.

“We will definitely be going into the game the same way we always do,” the 29-year-old said.

“Hopefully we all get ice time and some of the others who haven’t so far get some points under their belts in the match.”

Raiders Sam Roberts and Alan Lack (Pic: Nicola Day)Raiders Sam Roberts and Alan Lack (Pic: Nicola Day)

The captain believes the Raiders will have a huge advantage going into the London derby due to confidence being high amongst the squad, while their opponents are still searching for their first win of the season.

“I think everyone gets excited for a London derby but I’m not too sure the rivals will be coming into our barn as confident as we will be,” Roberts admitted.

“We already have a jump on them, but fair play to Lee Valley for taking time out of their weekends to turn up to games. From some of the results they’ve had that must be tough, so hats off too them.”

Roberts is hoping they continue their recent home form while also hoping to have a bigger squad available than for last weekend’s trip to Solent.

They travelled to the south coast with just 10 skaters and goalie Bradley Windebank as they were without the likes of Matt Brown, Rob Veares, Abbie Sylvester, Zach Grandy-Smith, Clint Walton, Stevie Dunnage, Bailey Chittock, Sam Austin, Ellie Wakeling and Jake Hall.

“Our home manor is what is winning us game so we will 100 per cent want to keep that rolling,” added Roberts.

“I hope we have more players as my fat old man legs can’t do too much two-line hockey anymore!

“I’m grateful it was at Solent and not somewhere like Guildford or one of the bigger rinks, but we will welcome some of the guys back this weekend with open arms.”

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