Things are really coming together now for the team and I think it’s fair to say it’s about time! I have been repeating myself in these coaches comments for a few months now that the team is coming together, but for the last couple weeks things are really taking shape.
This past Saturday we hosted Chelmsford and played our most complete game of the season. Even though it was a League Cup game, the match was very important for our club. We had played Chelmsford close the last two games in their rink and outplayed them in both of those games, but failed to beat them. This past Saturday was different, we out shot them and secured two points to help us advance to the Cup semi-finals against Invicta in February. The guys were really up for the game and the fan support was fantastic throughout the game. I’ve said it before, but when we have a good crowd in our little rink, the place gets rocking and the guys really feed off that energy.
Sunday we travelled to Oxford to seek a little revenge for the loss we suffered there at the start of the season. Once again the guys played a amazing game and we came away 10-4 winners. Oxford are a better team then they get credit for, so it was good to see the guys take a professional approach on the road and make sure we dominated all over the ice.
We held a team meeting right before the Christmas break and I feel it has been beneficial. We discussed our current position in the league and explained to the guys we are still in the hunt for the league title. That may sound crazy to some supporters by looking at our losses so far, but I’m a firm believer that until you are mathematically eliminated from the league you need to push on and see how far up the table we can get.
If the league is out of reach, we need to get up the table as far as we can to give us the best position for the play-off groupings. Also, we still have the league cup to look forward to and I think the best is yet to come from this current edition of the Raiders. Each player has begun to accept their role with the club and the team we built in the summer is really coming together.
This weekend we host an old EPL rival, the Bracknell Bees. Both Chelmsford and Invicta have beaten the Bees on home ice during this competition and we will be looking to do the same. We need as many supporters as possible for this games to help keep out momentum going. Sunday we travel to Cardiff to resume our league fixtures and I know the guys will be looking to make sure we get the two points to continue our current league form.
See you Saturday,