Search

London Raiders’ Pitchley aims to shoot down Stars

PUBLISHED: 17:00 24 March 2017

London Raiders forward JJ Pitchley looks for a way through against Oxford earlier in the season (pic John Scott)

London Raiders forward JJ Pitchley looks for a way through against Oxford earlier in the season (pic John Scott)

Archant

Forward excited for National League play-offs

London Raiders forward JJ Pitchley cannot wait to return to the ice to take on Oxford City Stars in the National League play-offs this weekend.

The 23-year-old was suspended for the last two matches of the regular season, as Raiders lost 3-0 at home to Streatham, but then came back from three goals down to draw 4-4 in Oxford.

That saw them finish in fifth place, two points behind their play-off opponents, and there was very little between the two sides during their four meetings this season.

After a 6-6 draw in east London in September, Oxford skated to a 9-3 home win in October, before Raiders triumphed 9-5 in November.

Stars then looked on course for another win in the university city as they built a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes, but captain Tom Davis scored twice in the final period and Alan Lack levelled it up with his second goal of the night with only 11 seconds remaining.

Pitchley said: “I’m hugely excited, as I think all the boys are. This is the part of the season that everyone loves. The rink has this buzz, that is amazing to play in front of.

“Oxford are a good team and have a few guys missing, but that doesn’t make them any easier to beat.

“We can beat them and have done earlier on this year. After the comeback two weeks ago in Oxford I was massively impressed with the boys being short-staffed.”

Raiders have home advantage for the first leg on Saturday (5.30pm), before the two sides meet again in the return on Sunday (6.15pm), and the winners of the tie will face either league and cup champions Chelmsford or Bracknell in the semi-finals.

Pitchley added; “I’m excited to see if we can get the rink packed on Saturday and as many fans in Oxford on Sunday.

“A good practice on Thursday will lead is into Saturday and I have a good feeling about this year.

“It will be good to show all the teams who doubted us this year what the gold and blue can do!”

Latest East London Sports News

Myles Judd is set to retain his place in the O’s back four after making his comeback from a groin injury last weekend

14:00

Austrian scored for east Londoners in 4-1 reverse at Gunners in Premier League

12:00

Leyton Orient manager Justin Edinburgh is keen to finish the season strong and take momentum into next season.

10:30

Leyton Orient are already planning ahead for the 2018/19 National League campaign says manager Justin Edinburgh.

Yesterday, 17:00

Leyton Orient midfielder Charlie Lee revealed he enjoyed the challenge of battling back to full fitness after enduring a torrid season due to injury.

Yesterday, 14:00

Barking Abbey London Lions ended their wait for a first league win with as a strong finish helped secure an 82-74 triumph on the road at Team Northumbria.

Yesterday, 11:00

Former double world champion Nigel Benn saw son Conor score his 12th consecutive professional victory in Liverpool on Saturday.

Yesterday, 10:00

A brand new and unique running event is coming to London next month.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now