Davis: Raiders can end winless run
PUBLISHED: 17:20 26 February 2016
Captain confident of a four-point weekend
London Raiders captain Tom Davis is confident his side can end their 14-match winless streak this weekend.
MK Thunder are the visitors to Lee Valley tomorrow (Saturday), before Raiders make the trip to struggling Bracknell the following night.
Raiders slipped to a 6-3 National League loss on the Isle of Wight last Saturday, before being shutout 7-0 by Invicta in the South East Cup.
But Davis said: “This weekend we face two games which I see no reason why we can’t take all four points and really push for play-offs now.
“We knew we faced a tough weekend last week and going into two tough games was never going to be an easy one. With our recent form it made it no easier.
“The Isle of Wight is never an easy rink to play in and to come away with a 6-3 loss was a hard one.
“I felt we played a great game for the majority and I don’t feel the scoreline reflects how we played.“
Wight struck twice towards the end of the first period and doubled their lead with another pair of goals just 28 seconds apart in the 30th minute.
Davis hit back either side of the second interval and Matt France also found the net for the visitors, but Jaroslav Cesky’s hat-trick for the hosts proved the difference.
Davis added: “The game had a good tempo about it and everything you would want to see.
“Ryan Bainbourough played a cracking part, making saves we shouldn’t expect him to. He also pulled out a good stop on a penalty shot.
“Our import Michael Oravec dropped the gloves with the well known Jeremy Cornish and I would say it’s one of the best fights I’ve seen all season if not the last couple.”
Raiders were 2-0 down to Invicta at the end of the first period on Sunday and conceded a third goal in the final minute of the middle session.
But Bainborough was then forced out of the action with an injury and Davis donned the pads to take over in goal.
After holding out for nine minutes, he was beaten four times in quick succession and said: “Sunday’s game really meant nothing to both teams as we were both out of the cup, but it still was a game that could have turned our final section on the season around.
“All players got to see loads of ice time. I was able to get an early night from playing forward, but ended playing the final 20 minutes in goal as Ryan picked up an injury.
“I’m not sure if I was nervous or excited, but I felt it was my job to step up and do it for the team.
“I managed to pull off a few saves which I was happy about and even had the whole crowd cheering.
“I managed to pick up the man of the match for both games this weekend and grab a couple of goals which was nice, but deep down it doesn’t matter to me as it’s not the wins we are getting.”