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Raiders blueliner Sylvester ready to face her hometown Chieftains in Essex derby

PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 September 2018

Abbie Sylvester in action for Raiders NIHL 2 in a friendly against the first team (Pic: John Scott)

Abbie Sylvester in action for Raiders NIHL 2 in a friendly against the first team (Pic: John Scott)

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Everyone Active Raiders Division Two defenceman Abbie Sylvester is looking forward to playing her hometown team Chelmsford Chieftains this weekend, writes Jacob Ranson.

The new-look Romford side travel to the current leaders on Sunday to re-kindle the Essex rivalry.

And the 18-year-old Sylvester – whose brother Jake suts up for the Division One Raiders – said she has been looking out for this fixture in the calendar although she expects a very tough test.

“I’m looking forward to it as I’ve played with a few of the players, as have a few of the others, so it means that we know a bit more on what we are up against,” she said. “That helps us know what certain individuals will need to be marked and watched throughout the game.

“I have been looking forward to playing this game knowing it will be difficult as we have only trained together for a few weeks now whereas other teams have been training together for years.

“We are all expecting a tough game as they have a strong squad and have made some new signings which makes them even stronger but I think we will be able to give them a good game.”

Sylvester, who also plays for Bracknell Queen Bees in the women’s Elite League and Chelmsford Cobras in the Premier League, feels the new Raiders side is starting to come together.

“We have all settled in well together and are now starting to understand how each individual plays which can help us throughout the season against difficult teams,” she added.

The Great Britain international says it’s about improving as players and as a team this term for the young Raiders side.

“Each player that is part of our team wants to improve as a player and as a team,” she said.

“The team is mostly young players so it gives us an opportunity to improve and play at a higher level.

“However, we’re still going out into every game to get the best result possible and prove that we can be a good side.

“We’ve got good individual talent throughout the team, we just need to keep practising and training hard to put all the pieces together to make a strong team, which is what we’re hoping to achieve throughout the season.”

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