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Captain Roberts is keen to keep morale high as young Raiders prospects hit form

PUBLISHED: 15:00 23 November 2018

Everyone Active Raiders captain Sam Roberts wants to keep morale high and build on their recent run of form in National League Division Two, writes Jacob Ranson.

The Raiders make the long trip to face Swindon Wildcats on Sunday (6.15pm) as they look to extend their winning run to three matches.

The new boys currently sit seventh in the table with five wins from their last six fixtures.

“As a captain I like to just keep the morale up in the room and help them all as much as I can, but they are all pretty handy themselves,” said the 29-year-old Roberts.

“If they keep doing what they are doing I can’t see why they would stop firing and clocking up points.”

Swindon are still searching for their first win of the season and currently sit second from bottom in the standings.

However, they do bolster a lot of young talent from the Okanagan Hockey Academy UK, which is based at the Link Centre in Swindon – and Roberts insists they must treat them like every other team.

“We will go there with the same attitude we have before every game,” he said.

“If we play as one then we will show another team what we are here to do and that is turn teams over. Bring on Swindon, as they’re the team that we will be taking points off.”

Forward Ewan Hill, who only turned 16 two weeks ago, has picked up five points in his first two games at senior level.

And Roberts says he could always see his potential in training and that the team are delighted he can finally show his worth in matches.

“I knew from seeing him in training before he was eligible to play that he was going to be something special and it’s shown in the first couple of games,” he added.

“He is more than capable to compete and show what he’s got in this league.

“Ewan is another great player to have on board with a great attitude towards the game and he’s such a positive guy in and out of the room.”

Raiders go into the clash on the back of a 5-2 victory away to their Peterborough Phantoms rivals last weekend.

A brace from George Gell and goals from Hill, Alan Lack and Matt Brown secured the two points for the Romford-based club at Planet Ice Peterborough.

*Raiders under-18s eased to a 12-0 win over Oxford in their latest South Division Three match on Sunday.

Ewan Hill and Tjay Anderson hit hat-tricks, as Daniel Hitchings and Gianluca Pascale netted two goals apiece.

Bradley Taylor and Charlie Nichols were also on target.

The under-15s are set to play host to their Oxford rivals on Saturday (5.55pm).

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