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Wightlink Raiders coach hails Invicta Dynamos win

Jeremy Cornish
Cornish has taken the Raiders on an 18-game unbeaten run this season

Wightlink Raiders coach Jeremy Cornish says his side's 5-2 win over league rivals Invicta Dynamos on Sunday was the 'best win' of his coaching career.

Cornish scored two goals to help the Raiders end Invicta's 23 month unbeaten home run, to sit eight points clear at the top of the Division One South.

"It was like winning a cup final, it was really emotional and the best win ever so far," he told BBC Radio Solent.

"But with eight games left we must keep looking ahead and not drop any points."

The Raiders, who are now favourites to win the title, have been on an 18-game unbeaten run since losing 3-2 to Invicta on 7 November - the longest in the club's history.

But despite breaking records, the Canadian admits he is just glad to be able to play his part for the team.

"I haven't been playing very well for a large part of the year so it was good to play my part on Sunday and chip in as I'm not known for scoring goals," said the ex-Newcastle Vipers player.

"I was just motivated to really win that game as we hadn't won there since I started coaching here, and it was a point I wanted to prove."

Raiders play Bristol Pitbulls at Ryde Arena on Saturday in a fixture that sees the return of former team mates and brothers Mike and Richie Hargreaves.

"The Pitbulls player/coach, Richie, is a mate of mine when we played at London Racers together and we kept in touch," Cornish said.

"It's good to have some friendship along the way as well and the team will be up for it too, they are pretty motivated right now to get to the finishing line."

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