Davis relishing London Raiders cup semi-final
PUBLISHED: 17:00 24 February 2017
Captain looking forward to facing Chelmsford again
London Raiders captain Tom Davis is relishing the National League Cup semi-final double-header with Chelmsford this weekend, despite seeing his side thumped by the champions only a matter of days ago.
Davis netted a pair of consolation goals in the 11-3 home defeat to take his career points tally to 228 and move above Shaun McFadyen into 18th place on the club’s all-time scoring list.
And, having seen Raiders beat the Chieftains twice earlier in the season, he knows they can be a match for any team on their night.
He said: “This weekend we face the Chieftains again in a double-header cup semi-final and we all know we need to show up to be able to take anything from the games.
“On our day we know we can compete and we will do everything we can to repeat the results from earlier in the season against them.”
Raiders were caught cold last weekend, falling behind after just 19 seconds, and trailed 4-1 at the first break after Juraj Huska helped himself to a hat-trick.
The visitors added six unanswered goals in the middle session, with Huska’s fifth of the night putting them 11-1 up, before Davis and Thomas Beesley’s late replies.
Davis added; “Saturday was one of those nights to forget. Chelmsford came ready to battle and we just didn’t show up and I feel we gifted them 11 goals on the night.
“We know it was the worst performance of the season by the Raiders and was one to forget.”
The omens for Sunday’s trip to Streatham were not good as Raiders had failed to find the net on two previous visits to south London and were again without injured duo Marek Nahlik – their leading scorer – and defenceman Matt France.
And they conceded two goals in a 14-second span inside eight minutes to leave themselves up against it once again.
Slavomir Buda ended their long wait for a goal in Streatham’s rink at 140mins 40secs, only for the hosts to quickly restore their two-goal lead on a powerplay.
Beesley hit back with a quickfire brace to level matters heading into the final period, though, and Alan Lack’s powerplay goal gave Raiders the lead with 10 minutes left.
Lack then fired into an empty net when Streatham coach Jeremy Cornish removed goalie Matt Colclough for an extra skater to cap a morale-boosting win for Raiders.
Davis said: “Sunday against streatham was a completely different ball game.
“We knew after Saturday night’s performance we had to show up and battle for 60 minutes. After the first period, being 2-0 down, a few words were said in the room and for the next 40 minutes we were by far the better team.
“The spirit on the bench and in the room was flying high, that’s why we came away with a 5-3 win.”
Raiders will need more of the same if they are to get the better of Chelmsford over two legs this weekend.