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London Raiders coach Easton expects tough test against Bracknell Bees

PUBLISHED: 11:00 20 October 2017

London Raiders coach Sean Easton taking notes (Pic: John Scott)

London Raiders coach Sean Easton taking notes (Pic: John Scott)

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London Raiders head coach Sean Easton expects a tough test against National League high-flyers Bracknell Bees.

The Lee Valley-based club host the third-place outfit at Lee Valley Ice Rink tomorrow (Saturday, 5.30pm) and will be hoping to cause an upset against the former English Premier League team.

They go into the match on the back of a comfortable 11-4 victory against bottom of the table Cardiff Fire and 31-year-old Easton said: “Bracknell will be strong, another ex-EPL team who are at the moment doing better then the other EPL teams that dropped down this season, as they’re being more consistent.

“It’s going to be a physical game, they have big bodies and agitators in their team who like to mix it up.”

The former Chelmsford Chieftains also pin-pointed Bracknell’s danger men and admits they know what to expect from the league’s new boys now.

“We will know what to expect from the old EPL teams now, it’s just a case of will we adapt and learn from previous games.

“Frantisek Bakrlik will be a danger man if we give him time on the puck, along with his line mate Shaun Thompson, as they seem to be doing all the damage so far.”

The gold and blue outfit go into the match with a few long-term injury problems as Euan King will remain out for several weeks with an MCL injury and the club also lost free-scoring forward Jake Sylvester to injury against Cardiff.

“Jake broke his wrist last Saturday, the break is not as bad as we first thought but will be missing out of action for at least eight weeks,” Easton revealed.

Easton moved quickly to bring back record-holding goalie Michael Gray to cover King’s injury and the 28-year-old was back inbetween the pipes in the last match.

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