Raiders shoot down Stars

PUBLISHED: 11:57 28 September 2014 | UPDATED: 11:57 28 September 2014

Tom Davis netted twice in London Raiders win over Oxford (pic; John Scott)

Tom Davis netted twice in London Raiders win over Oxford (pic; John Scott)


National League: London Raiders 9 Oxford 6

London Raiders made it three wins out of four this season with success in an old-fashion shoot-out against Oxford at Lee Valley last night.

It was not a night for netminders, with Michael Gray and opposite number James Skaife conceding 15 goals between them from a combined total of 78 shots.

But the avalanche of goals ensured there was plenty for fans to celebrate in the stands.

Jakub Klima opened the floodgates for Raiders with a powerplay goal in the eight minute, before setting up Tom Davis for a shorthanded second, as Ross Wilkinson served a slashing minor.

Czech defenceman Vaclav Drabek made it 3-0 before Davis and Klima combined to set up player-coach Danny Marshall on another Raiders powerplay.

But Oxford opened their account through Joshua Oliver seconds later, beffore Marshall completed the first-period scoring in the final minute with his side’s fifth.

Marshall set up Davis for number six, on a delayed penalty call early in the middle period.

But Oxford, following their surprise 6-5 win over the Isle of Wight a week earlier, hit back with a brace of powerplay goals around the midway mark.

Joe Edwards netted the first of his hat-trick as Jacob Ranson sat out an interference minor, before James Pentecost struck with home debutant Josh Condren serving a hooking call.

Drabek replied with his second goal of the night, as Raiders enjoyed a man advantage late in the period, and captain AJ Smith made it 8-3 within 90 seconds of the start of the final stanza.

Edwards grabbed another powerplay goal for Oxford, with Phil Manny sitting out a roughing penalty, but Klima responded on the next shift to quickly restore the home side’s five-goal cushion.

Raiders could not reach double figures, though, and saw Edwards and Oliver add to their tallies inside the final 10 minutes to earn further consolation in defeat.

Marshall’s men will now prepare for their toughest weekend of the season, as they welcome Invicta Dynamos to Lee Valley for a cup match next Saturday and visit defending champions Chelmsford the following night.

But forward Frankie Harvey is due to return to their line-up after completing a four-match suspension held over from last season.

Raiders: Klima* 2+4 Marshall 2+3 Davis 2+2 Drabek* 2 Smith 1+2 Oliver 0+1.

Stars: Edwards 3+1 Josh Oliver 2+3 Pentecost 1+2 Joe Oliver 0+1.

Shots faced: Gray (Raiders) 36 Skaife (Stars) 42.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the East London Advertiser. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Latest East London Sports News

Yesterday, 18:12

Lee Westwood is optimistic that the European Tour’s planned resumption at the Betfred British Masters will go ahead in July.

Yesterday, 16:00

West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan is to make a personal donation to Newham Foodbank of £3,500, to cover the shortfall in matchday donations from the five postponed home matches from Irons Supporting Foodbanks.

Yesterday, 14:00

Players from West Ham United’s Academy of Football are keeping track of their fitness programmes, while at the same time raising money in aid of King George and Queen’s Hospitals Charity, to support their inspiring local NHS heroes in East London and Essex.

Yesterday, 10:00

Leyton Orient chief executive Danny Macklin heaped praise on Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane by terming him as a ‘first-class individual’

Yesterday, 07:35

The International Cricket Council (ICC)’s recommendation of a temporary ban on using saliva to shine the ball could hand batsmen a significant advantage, claims Australia paceman Mitchell Starc.

Mon, 16:02

The 2019-20 Women’s Super League season has been brought to an end with immediate effect.

Mon, 13:00

Premier League clubs will vote on proposals for a return to contact training on Wednesday.

Mon, 12:00

With sport still shut down across most of the globe due to the coronavirus pandemic, why not test your sporting knowledge with another quiz?


The Government has announced an unprecedented package of support to protect jobs and support business across the UK during the coronavirus outbreak.

People working for a wide range of private companies have been standing side-by-side with public sector staff on the front line during the coronavirus outbreak.

The United Kingdom is pulling together as one, with people from all regions and all four nations of the country helping each other through the coronavirus pandemic.

Most read sport


A competition for wannabe writers has been started to add works to Canary Wharf’s ‘short story’ dispensers which are temporarily locked up by the lock down.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser