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'Rob has helped Raiders'

PUBLISHED: 13:03 02 December 2015 | UPDATED: 13:07 02 December 2015

David Oliver says Rob Jenner has been a big boost to London Raiders (pic: John Scott)

David Oliver says Rob Jenner has been a big boost to London Raiders (pic: John Scott)

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Oliver pays tribute to returning Jenner

London Raiders defencemen David Oliver (left) and Jack Cooper look on as Michal Oravec gets involved in a scrap against Oxford (pic: John Scott)London Raiders defencemen David Oliver (left) and Jack Cooper look on as Michal Oravec gets involved in a scrap against Oxford (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders defenceman David Oliver has paid tribute to his team-mates following their National League win over Oxford at the weekend.

Imports Marek Nahlik and Michal Oravec combined for five of the goals in a 7-4 success at Lee Valley, with Liam Chong and captain Tom Davis also on target.

And Oliver said: “I said last week with Tommy Davis playing forward it’s like having a new player on the team, everything is starting to take shape now.

“But a big turning point is having Rob Jenner back on the blue line. Not only is he a big character in the locker-room, he is a big plus on the ice and is bringing the best out of Jack Cooper too.”

Liam Chong attacks for London Raiders against Oxford (pic: John Scott)Liam Chong attacks for London Raiders against Oxford (pic: John Scott)

Jenner came up through the junior ranks at Romford to play for the Raiders before the old rink in Rom Valley Way was demolished and the team relocated to Lee Valley.

And Oliver feels Alan Blyth’s squad is gelling nicely now as they approach the end of 2015, adding: “I said from the off we had a great team this season and we’re showing that more and more.

“Everyone is sticking to their job on and off the ice – moving the puck well, making some big hits, dropping the gloves when we have to.

“Saturday’s win was very important for us in the league and as a team, putting us two points away from oxford in fifth place and with two games in hand on them.

“I felt the game took a long time to get going was a very stop-start kind of game, but once it started to flow we played some very good hockey. It was an all-around great team performance.”

Raiders face another one-game weekend this weekend, with their scheduled trip to the Isle of Wight postponed on Saturday after the Ryde Ice Arena suffered damage in recent high winds.

They hit the road on Sunday, but only to south London to take on Streatham and Oliver is hoping they can make it third time lucky after two previous losses against the Redskins.

He said: “We have this Saturday off now due to the Isle of Wight rink roof coming off. It’s not great having the game called off, but it gives us an extra day to rest the legs before the Streatham game on Sunday.”

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