‘Restful weekend is so tiring’

PUBLISHED: 14:31 02 February 2015

London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson shows Streatham's Sean Scarborough a clean pair of heels in their recent meeting (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson shows Streatham's Sean Scarborough a clean pair of heels in their recent meeting (pic: John Scott)


London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson is writing a blog during the 2014/15 season

It’s always a weird weekend without a game during the season,

More often than not you end up more tired than enduring 120 minutes of action across the weekend.

The weekend normally consists of laying about checking hockey scores after going out the night before which seems like a normal weekend for most hockey fans!

For a player it doesn’t feel right. Most players even go and watch a game on the weekend to feel in touch with it still.

My weekend consisted of the Raiders Race night on Friday, where the team managed to raise some extra funds away from the ice.

As for me I didn’t have much luck on the betting side of things until the last race where my horse managed to win me 12 VIP tickets to Chicago’s in Basildon. That’s a team night out sorted by the looks of things, hopefully Francey will be getting loads of drinks in like he was on the night.

I really appreciate all the hard work Daf put in to make the night a success as well as all the fans who showed up to enjoy the night and help out.

Being as great as they are they were even putting more money into the team by gambling away trying to win some prizes.

Last night I obviously couldn’t stay away for a rink for the weekend so I went to Chelmsford to watch them suffer a loss to Streatham.

It was an enjoyable end-to-end game, with both teams battling hard and there were three fights as a result of that.

The highlight of the game for me was Scarborough’s cele after his first goal, nearly dropping his stick as if it was too hot for him to hold. It was a well deserved man of the match for him last night.

Going back to the previous weekend, we managed another crucial win over a very good Streatham side again at home.

I do think when we play them again on Sunday it will be an extremely hard game on their ice pad, though, as they look very confident at home this season. Plus we know what happened last time out at their rink.

The amount of times we have met them in the last few weeks it’s starting to feel like an NHL play-off series. Unfortunately we aren’t at that level or the money they are!

The game against Oxford was another point for us, which was frustrating as we were hoping for another two to make it a four-point weekend.

We played well and if we had taken our chances it quiet easily could have been a win, but Oxford is always a tough place to go and play which is a credit to them.

Tanner stood on his head all weekend for us as well which is always a massive plus having him back there saving us big time in some points of the game.

I’m not sure what people were thinking or whether they even had a clue while waiting for the long awaited player announcement after the games.

To have Chris Douglas in the team alongside Tanner for a goaltending pairing, I personally don’t think you could ask for a better one in the league.

‘Disco’ was a Raiders goalie when I was a junior at Romford and always come across as a very professional guy back then and has done at every club I’ve seem him at since.

I think he could be a massive boost and give us a good replacement for P-head who is a shame to lose as he’s a great character to have in the changing room and a great goalie.

I do feel that the move works well for him as well so he can rest his injury that he’s been carrying all season. He’s shown real commitment by sticking with the team and even playing through it.

His chirps from the bench will also be a loss as he’s always getting under the skin of the other team’s bench while backstopping Tanner!

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