Redskins rally rocks Raiders

London Raiders celebrate one of their goals in Streatham, before falling to a late defeat (pic: Lond

London Raiders celebrate one of their goals in Streatham, before falling to a late defeat (pic: London Raiders) - Credit: Archant

National League: Streatham Redskins 6 London Raiders 5

London Raiders were left stunned after falling to a late defeat in south London last night.

Buoyed by a 6-3 home win over the Redskins at Lee Valley on Saturday, the visitors looked set to complete a weekend double as they moved 5-0 up just past the midway point.

But the home side hit back with four goals in seven minutes to set up a tense final period and, after drawing level, claimed the points thanks to a 57th-minute winner from former Raiders import Jakub Klima.

London, despite being without import defenceman Vaclav Drabek and suspended duo Tom Davis and Ross Wilkinson, took the lead in the seventh minute when new signing Jakub Kostelansky converted on a powerplay, with Steven Fisher serving a cross-checking penalty.

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And it was 2-0 less than 90 seconds later when Alan Lack scored on another Raiders powerplay, after Joe Johnston was binned for roughing.

Slovakian Kostelansky made it 3-0 late in the opening frame, then turned provider to set up Liam Chong for a brace of goals less than three minutes apart to leave Raiders in dreamland.

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Fisher replied on the next shift, to end James Tanner’s hopes of a shut out, and Redskins cut the gap to one with three more goals in a span of 2:21.

Klima grabbed their second, before Fisher struck again and a slashing call against Grant Taylor allowed Fisher to complete his hat-trick on the powerplay just 35 seconds before the buzzer.

Streatham’s David Carr was called for high sticks early in the final period, but cross-checking minors against Lack and Chong left the hosts with a spell of 4-on-3 and they made it count to draw level as Fisher fired home his fourth.

Redskins lost Stewart Tait and import Sean Scarborough to 10-minute misconduct calls, with a little over six minutes left, but a holding call against Raiders defenceman Stevie Dunnage left the visitors shorthanded.

Raider survived, but Redskins claimed the decisive goal soon after as Klima beat Tanner for his second of the night.

And defeat leaves Raiders in the final play-off place with just a one-point cushion over Cardiff following their win over Oxford, who are now bottom of the pile.

Raiders welcome Streatham back to Lee Valley next Saturday (January 24, 5.30pm), before travelling to Oxford the following night for two key fixtures in their push for a top-eight finish.

Scorers, Streatham: Fisher 4+1 Klima* 2+3 Hopkins 0+2 Mahoney 0+1 Best 0+1 Tait 0+1 Lockwood 0+1.

Raiders: Kostelansky* 2+2 Chong 2+2 Lack 1 Taylor 0+2 Ranson 0+1.

Penalty minutes: Streatham 56 Raiders 14.

Shots on goal: Sanderson (Streatham) 29 Tanner (Raiders) 50.

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