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National League: Cardiff Fire 1 London Raiders 7

PUBLISHED: 21:08 06 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:55 01 February 2018

Matt Turner made his 250th Raiders appearance at Cardiff (pic John Scott)

Matt Turner made his 250th Raiders appearance at Cardiff (pic John Scott)

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London Raiders began 2018 as they ended 2017, with a win on the road.

London Raiders import Juraj Huska was on target in Cardiff (pic John Scott)London Raiders import Juraj Huska was on target in Cardiff (pic John Scott)

Having beaten Invicta in Gillingham in their final outing before Christmas, Sean Eaton’s men returned to action to make it five wins in a row with success in Wales.

Raiders travelled across the border without Alan Lack, following the horrific facial injuries the forward suffered against the Dynamos, defenceman Sean Barry and Sam Roberts, who has been released for personal reasons after making than a century of appearances for the club.

But Matt Turner was making his 250th appearance for the club with 104 goals and 146 assists already to his name and the visitors went into the first break with a 2-1 lead thanks to goals from Olegs Lascenko and Tom Davis.

Having announced their February 3 move to the new rink in Romford earlier in the week, Raiders went 3-1 up early in the middle period when former junior JJ Pitchley netted after good work from Brandon Ayliffe to bring up his 100th career point for the team.

JJ Pitchley scored his 100th point for Raiders in Cardiff (pic John Scott)JJ Pitchley scored his 100th point for Raiders in Cardiff (pic John Scott)

Lascenko, another ex-Romford junior, grabbed his second and Raiders’ fourth goal of the game, before Juraj Huska got in on the act just past the midway point.

And Slovakian hotshot Huska struck again in the last minute of the session to give Raiders a commanding 6-1 advantage heading into the final stanza.

Davis bagged his second goal of the night in the third period and skated off with the man of the match award as Raiders comfortably banked the points.

Raiders return to Lee Valley on Sunday (5.30pm) to play host to Peterborough Phantoms, when they will also be holding their first-ever Teddy Bear Toss, in support of chosen charity the Natoinal Autistic Society.

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