Raiders Davis is delighted to be back among the goals as his side enjoy mixed results
PUBLISHED: 15:00 10 January 2018
London Raiders enjoyed mixed fortunes on their opening weekend of 2018 as they picked up a comfortable victory against strugglers Cardiff Fire before falling to defeat against Peterborough Phantoms.
The Lee Valley-based club made the trip to the Welsh capital on Saturday and came home from Ice Arena Wales with a 7-1 victory.
Braces from Olegs Lascenko, Tom Davis and Juraj Huska, and a solo effort from JJ Pitchley guided them to a comfortable two points, as Matt Turner made his 250th appearance for the club.
And captain Tom Davis revealed it was vital to get the second half of the season and the New Year off to a flyer.
“I feel it was very important to get the win on Saturday against Cardiff and start the year strong especially with a big game ahead Sunday,” said the 27-year-old.
“As a team we stared slow and went a goal down, but we got the Christmas legs out the way and started to really play as a team and took our chances.”
Chelmsford-based Davis has been struggling to get his name on the scoresheet this season and was delighted to bring that run to a halt on Saturday.
“It was really good to grab a couple of goals, but to be honest it was the win that I wanted the most,” he added.
The following night saw Sean Easton’s men welcome National League leaders Peterborough Phantoms to east London and they saw their five-match winning streak brought to an end with a 5-2 defeat.
The match was played in support of of their chosen charity The National Autistic Society and the hosts played in their warm-up jerseys as the club also held its first ‘Teddy Bear Toss’ during the match, as supporters threw toys onto the ice after the first goal.
And Phantoms, having seen their unbeaten start to the season ended by Raiders in a 6-3 home loss last November, gained their revenge in the return meeting.
“I felt we played well at times on Sunday and were matching the Phantoms, they just took there chances and we struggled to find the back of the net,” said Davis, who made his 250th league appearance in a gold and blue jersey on Sunday.
He admitted it was a great way to celebrate being a charity match, adding: “I feel it was a great achievement for me to hit 250 league games and what a great way to play it in the charity game.”