TJ glad to finally score and hails Raiders side
PUBLISHED: 14:00 23 October 2015
Young forward discusses scoring against Invicta and how the team are starting to gel
London Raiders forward TJ Fillery believes they are starting to play more like a team ahead of two crucial matches this weekend.
Alan Blyth’s side welcome Bracknell to Lee Valley tomorrow (Saturday) for an important encounter in the league with the Hornets below Raiders in the table.
After that they are on the road this Sunday taking on MK Thunder in the league.
They picked up an encouraging result against Invicta last weekend, drawing 4-4 with the Dynamos, before losing out to Streatham.
Raiders held their own for long periods against the Redskins, who are top of the league, before losing 10-6.
“Our performance against Invicta was really good,” said Fillery.
“The team demonstrated great character and we are showing that we are starting to look more like a team.”
Raiders showed their spirit on Saturday by coming from behind against the Dynamos to draw in the cup.
Invicta went ahead in the second period, but Michael Oravec levelled after good work by David Oliver.
A first goal for Fillery, assisted by Oravec, put them briefly ahead, but the visitors quickly equalised.
The Dynamos then took control and edged 4-2 up with Raiders facing defeat before Rio Grinell-Parke scored from range and Oravec earned a draw with 4 minutes and 17 seconds left.
He scored after being assisted by Bailey Chittock and captain Tom Davis as it finished 4-4 at Lee Valley.
Fillery added: “I am glad I finally got on the goal sheet and hope to have plenty more hit the back of the net this season with the ice time I am getting now.
“As the new campaign began, I have seen a lot more ice this year and feel I have improved a lot because of the time I am getting. I think with every game I play, I am feeling more confident and ready to rumble.”
The following day they headed to Streatham for a league match and started poorly, trailing 3-0.
Mason Webster pulled one back before Redskins edged 5-1 ahead in the second.
Marek Nahlik scored for Raiders, but the hosts responded once again.
Grinnel Parke then reduced the arrears, before Nahlik grabbed his second to make it 6-4. But Redskins scored four more times to earn a 10-6 success.
“It was a tough place to go, especially with a shorter bench than normal with the likes of Frankie Harvey and Jack Cooper missing. They are key players and help us perform a lot,” said Fillery.
“Every player pushed themselves to the end. I put my hands up to Bailey Chittock too as despite a major mouth injury, he put his cage back on and continued like nothing happened. That’s team dedication!”