Search

National League: MK Thunder 5 London Raiders 7

PUBLISHED: 20:54 17 September 2017 | UPDATED: 20:54 17 September 2017

Alan Lack and JJ Pitchley celebrate a goal for London Raiders (pic John Scott)

Alan Lack and JJ Pitchley celebrate a goal for London Raiders (pic John Scott)

Archant

London Raiders held off a spirited fightback from MK Thunder to open their National League account with a win.

London Raiders forward Jake Sylvester finds something to smile about (pic John Scott)London Raiders forward Jake Sylvester finds something to smile about (pic John Scott)

Beaten at home by Streatham in the cup competition a day earlier, Raiders skated into a 6-1 lead by the 29th minute.

But the home side hit back with four unanswered goals, before Raiders made sure of the points late on.

The visitors opened the scoring on a powerplay as Jake Sylvester found space to beat Tom Annetts.

And they quickly doubled their lead as Olegs Lascenko saw a shot blocked and captain Tom Davis pounced to convert the rebound.

Jamie Line hit back for the home side in the 15th minute, but Raiders deservedly restored their two-goal advantage just 11 seconds later as Alan Lack fired home, as they dominated the shot count 18-7.

The middle period was barely four minutes old when Raiders netted their fourth as Matt Turner saw his shot saved and Marek Nahlik reacted quickest to fire home the loose puck.

And JJ Pitchley got in on the act with a powerplay goal at 27:44, before Olegs Lascenko netted a shorthanded sixth just 42 seconds later, as Jack Cooper served an interference minor.

The hosts hit back less than a minute later on the same powerplay, though, as Rio Grinnell-Parke netted against his former Raiders team-mates, but Juraj Huska was a whisker away moments later when ringing a shot off the goal frame.

Ross Bowers bagged a third for Thunder with just over four minutes remaining in the period, to cut the gap to three heading into the final stanza.

And it was down to two just four minutes after the restart as Grinnell-Parke got his second goal of the night for the hosts.

Raiders called a timeout soon after, but with less than 10 minutes to play, Thunder gave themselves real hope as Ross Green grabbed their fifth on a powerplay, with Brandon Ayliffe serving a high-sticking penalty, to leave Raiders nerve jangling.

But Raiders capitalised on a man advantage of their own with less than four minutes on the clock as Huska played Pitchley through and he slipped the puck under Annetts for his second goal of the night to make sure of the points.

Thunder: Grinnell-Parke 2, Green 1+1, Linne 1+1, Bowers 1, Whyte 0+2, Carlon 0+1, Quiney 0+1, Christie 0+1.

Raiders: Pitchley 2, Nahlik* 1+2, Lascenko 1+1, Davis 1, Lack 1, Sylvester 1, Connolly 0+2, Barry 0+2, Turner 0+1, Baldock 0+1, Huska* 0+1, Smith 0+1.

Penalty minutes: Thunder 6 Raiders 6.

Shots faced: Annetts (MK) 18-14-12=44-7 King (L) 7-16-13=36-5.

Referee: Tim Pickett.

Latest East London Sports News

09:00

Essex Senior League: Sporting Bengal United 2 Southend Manor 1

08:00

South East Counties Under 16s Championship: London 3 Essex 4

Yesterday, 18:00

With a month to go until the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup returns to the Lee Valley Velopark in Stratford, the Great Britain squad for the next round in Berlin has been announced.

Yesterday, 16:40

Lakeside Hammers will not be running in the 2019 speedway season after the BSPA revealed plans for next season after hosting their annual AGM.

Yesterday, 16:00

The Poplar-based club also hosted a show earlier this month which saw nine bouts contested

Yesterday, 12:00

The O’s boss discussed Garry Hill’s return to management and backed his predecessor Daryl McMahon to find work sooner rather than later

Hammers’ Players Project helping to get people active

Yesterday, 09:00

Errington Challenge Cup: Sawbridgeworth Town 2 Tower Hamlets 3

PROMOTED CONTENT

Are you a landlord looking for a fixed rental income, paid whether the property is empty or not? Steve Westley, general manager at estate agents Elliot Leigh, explains their Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it takes the stress out of letting your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

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