Ranson relishing Raiders practice
PUBLISHED: 13:00 11 September 2014
Forward focused on gaining full fitness
London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson is looking forward to skating in his first official practice of the new season tonight.
Ranson appeared in the team’s opening-day win over Cardiff at the weekend, defying the serious burns – suffered in an accident at home – to his arm and chest that had caused him to miss the first practice sessions of the new campaign.
And the 19-year-old admitted it was good to be back on the ice at Lee Valley during the 6-4 success over the Devils, saying: “It was nice to be back on the ice, but it was a lot more painful than I expected at first.
“My hand looked ok at first, but it hurt to stickhandle and shoot. Once the painkillers kicked in I felt alright in the third period.
“I’ve not had a proper practice yet so tonight will be my first.
“I skated at one of the trials in the summer, but was on holiday for the other two. Then when there was uncertainty over the team carrying on, there was no training.”
Ranson, having agreed to return from a short spell at MK Thunder, was as relieved as any when the club confirmed they would continue playing in the National League this season.
And the former Albany pupil is hoping Danny Marshall’s men can build on their early success and enjoy a good campaign.
He added: “We were very pleased to start with a win and I think the team did quite well considering we’ve not had a full team at practice yet.
“I felt I did quite well considering, but I’ve got a lot more to offer once I’m fully fit.
“It was the best atmosphere I’ve experienced as a Raider and the best and biggest crowd too. Hopefully that continues and people bring more along too.”
Raiders will have Marshall back in their line-up after a one-game suspension when they host Bracknell this weekend and Ranson expects a tough test from the Hornets.
He said: “They’ve strengthened a lot and with the likes of Peter Jasik, Carl Thompson, Danny Hughes, Danny Rose, Ryan Handisides and JJ Pitchley, their top two lines will be strong this season.
“But I think we’ve still got the edge hopefully.”