Oliver looks at positives for Raiders

London Raiders defenceman David Oliver has admitted to a great sense of frustration after back-to-back defeats at the weekend.

Raiders went down 5-0 at Chelmsford in the South East Cup on Saturday and were beaten 6-1 by Invicta in the National League the following night.

But Oliver felt his side were hard done by on the road, saying:

“This weekend was a frustrating one on and off the ice.

“Both scorelines didn’t do us justice at all and some people are looking at the scoreline and not the team performance over the two games.

“I agree that it wasn’t perfect, but there are more positives than negatives to take from both games.”

Former Romford junior Grant Bartlett netted twice in the first period to put Chelmsford on top at the Riverside Arena, with Anthony Leone making it 3-0 just past the midway mark.

Late goals from Ross Brears and Matt Turner sealed Chieftains victory, but Oliver said:

“Saturday’s game was up for the taking, but it was a bit of a flat game all around from both teams.

“I think 5-0 flattered Chelmsford, but when it came to them taking their chances they did.

“We were not at the races in the first period and we know playing any team in this league we can’t do that.

“But in the second and third periods we showed a lot more postitve signs by moving the puck a lot more around the ice, getting the puck low and working the defence, going into the zone with speed.

“A negative is having 55 shots on our net. As a team we need to stop the puck getting to our net.”

Raiders restricted Invicta to 33 shots on Michael Gray the following night, while aiming 35 at Damien King.

But they were chasing the game from the second minute onwards and were 3-0 down before Liam Chong replied with what turned out to be their only goal of the weekend.

Oliver said:

“I was very confident we would take home both points from Sunday’s game.

“We had a full team, with Rob Jenner back on the blue line which was good news as Liam went forward.

“But we didn’t get off to the best start with Invicta getting a very lucky goal early on and we were playing catch-up from then.

“Our forwards were moving the puck the best I’ve seen for a few weeks, that showed by us outshooting them, and you can see why Kevin Parrish went all out to get Damien King in for them.

“If King hadn’t been playing it would have been a different story. Our defence wasn’t great, but I still feel it wasn’t a 6-1 game, it’s just the little things on our D that we need to fix and we will be there.”

Report courtesy of the Romford Recorder

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