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Nahlik relishing London Raiders role

PUBLISHED: 17:00 28 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:41 29 October 2016

London Raiders import Marek Nahlik (pic John Scott)

London Raiders import Marek Nahlik (pic John Scott)

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Import happy to help out with coaching

London Raiders head coach Alan Blyth and assistant player-coach Marek Nahlik (pic John Scott)London Raiders head coach Alan Blyth and assistant player-coach Marek Nahlik (pic John Scott)

London Raiders import and leading scorer Marek Nahlik is looking forward to having added responsbility at the club.

The 33-year-old Slovakian tops the charts with 13 points from seven games and is the new assistant coach to Alan Blyth, following the departure of Kamil Kinkor.

And Nahlik says he wants to help the club achieve their goals in the National League this season.

He said: “It’s a big challenge for me. At the same time I’m looking forward to it.

“We have a long and hard road ahead, but I believe that together with coach Blyth, we can achieve what we want – victory this season, step by step.”

Raiders are set to welcome a much-changed Streatham side to Lee Valley for a cup fixture tomorrow (Saturday, 5.30pm), before visiting Milton Keynes Thunder in the league the following night.

Nahlik netted six times against the south London club in a corresponding fixture last season, but would put any personal achievements behind team success.

He added: “I would be happy if I succeed this time too, but I will be more happier when we win.

“For us, every game is the same, we want to win every one. So if we want to win this game we will have to be 100 per cent prepared.”

Streatham announced a host of changes this week, including Canadian Jeremy Cornish as their new coach, following the sad demise of the Isle of Wight.

Goalie Matt Colclough and defencemen Nick Compton and Chris Cooke have also joined from the defunct island club, while Nick Chinn, Chris Wiggins, Conor Redmond and Conor Sheehan have all left Streatham.

Raiders have snapped up goalie Euan King, meanwhile, following his own departure and the 27-year-old will be having his third spell in a gold and blue jersey, sharing duties with Michael Gray.

Nahlik added: “I’m glad he has joined us. We will now have more trouble as coaches as to who will be in the net because we have now two quality goalies.”

Raiders iced Bristol Pitbulls loanee Ross Miller in their 10-5 cup win over a depleted Invicta Dynamos last Saturday, while Dan Lane was between the posts for their 9-3 defeat at Oxford in a league match the following night, with Gray still serving a suspension.

JJ Pitchley’s hat-trick led the way as Raiders overturned a 3-1 deficit against Invicta, while Nahlik nabbed a brace and said: “Invicta was not an easy game for us, but we showed the strength of our team.

“After the first period we said a few words in the changing room and went on to get the result.”

Raiders were always chasing the game in Oxford after conceding two early goals, with Nahlik netting twice more in consolation.

He added: “Before the match, we knew it would not be an easy game, which we also confirmed. We fought until the end, but this time that was not enough.”

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