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Wilkinson relishing Raiders clash

PUBLISHED: 17:00 13 March 2015

Ross Wilkinson hits out for London Raiders at Bracknell (pic: John Scott)

Ross Wilkinson hits out for London Raiders at Bracknell (pic: John Scott)

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Forward back on home ice after ban

Ross Wilkinson appeals to referee Lalonde during Raiders match with Bracknell (pic: John Scott)Ross Wilkinson appeals to referee Lalonde during Raiders match with Bracknell (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders forward Ross Wilkinson is looking forward to stepping out on the Lee Valley ice again after his return from suspension.

Wilkinson was hit with a seven-game ban after being ejected from a game at Oxford in mid-January, but returned to the side in last weekend’s loss at Invicta.

And he is relishing the chance to take on the Isle of Wight on Sunday, as Raiders look to cement their National League play-off place.

He said: “I couldn’t wait to get back on the ice after my suspension, but obviously the way I play the game I’m going to get suspended here and there.

Ross Wilkinson puts pressure on the Bracknell net (pic; John Scott)Ross Wilkinson puts pressure on the Bracknell net (pic; John Scott)

“It drove me crazy watching and keeping up to date with the boys playing , but I’m back now and we’re fighting for that play-off spot.

“With Jeremy Cornish and his well-drilled team up next, we know it’s going to be a tough challenge.

“We had a great result against them last month at their barn and we need to take that forward into that game this Sunday.

“It’s going to be a good one and we need those points.”

Raiders skated to a 6-3 win over the Isle of Wight three weeks ago and, following a blank weekend, raced into an early lead against Invicta as Jakub Kostelansky struck.

But Michal Oravec levelled on a powerplay soon after and Nicky Lewis put Dynamos ahead just before the midway mark.

Former Raider Juraj Huska made it 3-1, with a controversial effort, and the visitors lost their way as Callum Fowler and Lewis made it 5-1.

Wilkinson tried to stimulate his team-mates in the final session, trading punches with Grant Baxter, and Jacob Ranson netted his 13th goal of the season with a backhand shot while the teams skated four-on-four.

But Raiders could not make any further inroads and Huska added a penalty shot with one second left to complete the scoring.

Wilkinson added: “The game against Invicta could have gone better, especially after the start we had with JK scoring a bullet of a first goal.

“We had a 10-minute lapse of concentration in the second period and Invicta took a substantial lead.

“We needed to spark something, but that didn’t happen until the third period where me and Baxter decided to dance.

“That led to some penalty minutes – something I see a lot of. The result wasn’t what we wanted, but we’ll take the positives from the game.”

Raiders hope to have Alan Lack back for this weekend’s match, after he missed the Invicta clash due to work commitments.


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