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Raiders ‘must rebound’ from losses

PUBLISHED: 11:21 29 October 2014 | UPDATED: 11:21 29 October 2014

Jacob Ranson was man of the match for London Raiders in their match against the Isle of Wight and netted his first goal of the season the following night at Milton Keynes (pic: John Scott)

Jacob Ranson was man of the match for London Raiders in their match against the Isle of Wight and netted his first goal of the season the following night at Milton Keynes (pic: John Scott)

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London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson is writing a blog during the 2014/15 season

It was a tough weekend to swallow in terms of results, but team and fans need to come together to look at the positives.

Putting October behind us with our head held high going into No(losses)vember, I personally can’t wait for Saturday to get things back on track and give the fans what they deserve after their efforts.

The positives from the weekend were a big crowd at Saturday’s home game to Wightlink.

Across the weekend I feel Brabon had spells of brilliance: with more ice-time he’ll be a massive addition to the team pairing up with P-head.

I did feel we missed P-head’s and Tom Davis character in the dressing room. We missed a bit of atmosphere before hand which should be boosted by the home game coming up.

Looking around the league you’ve got to realise there are no easy games now with all the underdogs strengthening massively in the off-season to be competitive.

I was really pleased TJ picked up a goal on Sunday as he just keeps his head down and works very hard when given the chance.

Another to mention is Stevie Dunnage who I grew up playing with at Romford juniors. He started his Raiders career with a strong debut weekend, battling hard at the back with more to come I’m sure.

Penalties may have killed us on Sunday against MK, but the highlight of my weekend was not the man of the match beers that my dad has always told me not to drink or my Raiders first goal.

It was being an accountable team player as me, Marshall and Manny killed a 5-on-3 for a minute.

I’m not saying my first goal wasn’t a special moment, it was great to get the monkey off my back, but mainly it was to get the boots off my dad’s feet.

My dad’s footwear for hockey games has been the same since RVW. With me growing sick of them he promised me before the weekend as soon as you score I’ll stop wearing them.

Going back to Milton Keynes was a bit different in the fantastic rink they have now compared to the small one I played last year. It was great to see some old faces and the improvements in their team.

But a new thing I must become accustomed to is being harassed to put players in my blog. It happened in both games this weekend, one being Tom Mboya who I enjoyed playing with last year and against throughout my junior career.

Another was Chris Cooke, who was pestering me on the face-offs throughout Saturday’s game, so here’s a little mention for being dedicated to getting one!

The bus journey up to MK was a weird one with just Kev, Peters and I, but it was a great trip back and forth as I’m not sure how the Raiders could cope without Kev being there for us. His experience around teams is interesting to listen to.

Peters is always a lively character and a battler on the ice so I always enjoy spending time listening to music with him before games, always sitting next to each other in the room.

We can’t worry about things that are going on, we must keep our heads up and play with that Raiders passion I grew up watching and bring a physical presence, then results will be ours.

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