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No reward for London Raiders

PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 February 2016

London Raiders captain Tom Davis netted twice in their loss at the Isle of Wight (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders captain Tom Davis netted twice in their loss at the Isle of Wight (pic: John Scott)

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National League: Isle of Wight 6 London Raiders 3

London Raiders were left with that losing feeling once again after going down to their namesakes at the Ryde Ice Arena last night.

And their latest defeat made it 13 games without a win, ahead of a South East Cup tie at in-form Invicta on Sunday evening.

Ryan Bainborough started in goal for the visitors, who were outshot 22-7 in the opening period.

And Bainborough held out until the 15th minute when Wight import Jaroslav Cesky opened the scoring.

A slashing penalty against Marek Nahlik gave the home side a powerplay chance late in the first session and they made it count as Alex Sampford fire home a second goal with 54 seconds left on the clock.

The scoreline remained unchanged until just before the midway mark, when Cesky netted his second goal of the night and Wight went 4-0 up just 28 seconds later as Corey Watkins got in on the act.

London were left with a mountain to climb at that point, but they hit back through captain Tom Davis either side of the second break to halve the deficit.

Any hopes of a comeback were hit as Watkins claimed his second goal of the night to make it 5-2 in the 48th minute.

And although Matt France replied after good work from Rio Grinell-Parke to cut the gap to two once more, the home side had the final say.

Grinell-Parke was called for slashing soon after assisting France’s goal and Cesky completed his hat-trick on the resulting powerplay.

Michal Oravec then clashed with Wight player-coach Jeremy Cornish, with both earning double minors for roughing, but the visitors could not capitalise on a late man advantage when home keeper Matt Colclough was penalised for unsportsmanlike conduct and travelled home empty handed once again.

Scorers, Wight: Jaroslav Cesky* 3 Corey Watkins 2 Alex Sampford 1 Ryan Webb 0+2 Daniel Rose 0+2 Nick Compton 0+2 Craig Tribe 0+1 Robert Streetly 0+1.

London: Tom Davis 2 Matt France 1+1 Marek Nahlik* 0+2 Rio Grinell-Parke 0+1.

Penalty minutes: Wight 14 London 14.

Shots on goal: Matt Colclough (W, 59.53) 7-14-13=34-3 Ryan Bainborough (L, 59.51) 22-12-14=48-6.

Referees: Dave Cloutman/Blaine Evans.

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