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Raiders ‘can bounce back in derby’

PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 December 2013

Raiders goalie Euan King comes under pressure against the Isle of Wight (pic: John Scott)

Raiders goalie Euan King comes under pressure against the Isle of Wight (pic: John Scott)

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King up for Chelmsford cup challenge

Raiders goalie Euan King believes his side can bounce back in their derby double-header with Chelmsford this weekend.

Having seen their five-game National League winning streak ended by their namesakes from the Isle of Wight, Raiders turn their attentions to the cup against the Chieftains.

They welcome their oldest rivals to Lee Valley tomorrow (Saturday), before meeting in Chelmsford the following night, where they have already won and drawn this season.

King said: “This weekend is another competition and a chance to get a good start in the cup.

“Chelmsford are skilled and will be looking for revenge after the previous meeting so we have to be ready from the word go.

“We have taken three points on our travels to the Riverside so we know we can compete, but we need everyone to buy into the game plan, not make silly mistakes and play smart hockey.”

Raiders were without Dwayne Newman, JJ McGrath and Charlie Phillips last weekend, as well as JJ Pitchley who joined up with unretired Andrius Kaminskas at Slough in midweek, but got on the scoreboard first as Jakub Klima netted a powerplay goal just past the game’s midway point.

But the Isle of Wight hit back with two goals in 34 seconds just before the end of the second period.

And Alex Barker’s unassisted brace left the hosts with too much to do, before Corey Watkins sealed Wight’s win with a fifth

King, who faced 44 shots while opposite number Matt Colclough dealt with just 21, said: “We just weren’t at the races and we got what we deserved in the end.

“These are the games we should be really up for, but there just wasn’t any jump and it showed.

“I don’t know if it’s the lack of atmosphere or something but we need to change that as it was a bad way to break the five-game streak.”

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