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 orange box above for details.

Latest East London Sports News


Spectators are set to return to sports venues next month as coronavirus restrictions are eased in areas with lower infection rates.


London Lions became the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals of the BBL Cup beating the Leicester Riders in fine fashion, 98-89 at the Copper Box.


London Lions avenged a close overtime defeat in London a few weeks ago with a crushing defeat of the Newcastle Eagles 79-99.

Yesterday, 18:19

West Ham boss David Moyes was keeping his feet on the ground after his side’s 1-0 win at Premier League strugglers Sheffield United.

Yesterday, 16:07

A rare Premier League goal for Sebastien Haller gave West Ham victory at Bramall Lane and piled more misery on bottom club Sheffield United.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton believes his side were professional and devastating when attacking as they sealed a 3-0 victory over Harrogate Town.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton believes the new substitution laws have been brought in too late as they were needed when all teams were expected to play a heavy fixture list after a six-month lay-off.


Let’s get physical! One of the dangers of lockdown is to be lulled into laziness, watching too many box sets, and eating and drinking too much, but there is no excuse to not start exercising to get fit and stay healthy.

UK Government Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced extra measures to support workers and businesses throughout winter, including a furlough scheme extension paying 80 per cent of staff wages.

The way the UK does business with Europe changes from January 1, heralding a new start. All companies that trade with the EU need to act now to make sure they are set to go.

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

Latest from the East London Advertiser