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Jeremy Cornish hails Wightlink Raiders team spirit

Jeremy Cornish
Cornish joined the Raiders from Basingstoke Bison in 2009

Wightlink Raiders coach Jeremy Cornish believes team spirit will help carry his side to their first league title in 14 years.

Raiders need just three points from their remaining two games to clinch the Division One South title.

"Team spirit is essential to win this league and our confidence and team work will do it," he told BBC Radio Solent.

"We have faith in each other. You could have all the talent in the world but if you don't pull together you won't win."

The 31-year-old added: "The guys have confidence in this team and they're good mates who work for each other, so if we do go down a goal they don't get upset they just get back to work to pull it back.

It is pretty frustrating when your 23 game unbeaten run comes crashing down but when you're on a big streak like that it's bound to happen, so after 23 games I can't complain too much

Wightlink Raiders boss Jeremy Cornish

"That's the main factor in a winning team, and it's my job to achieve that but it's been easy this season because we have been winning a lot."

Raiders' unbeaten run of 23 league games came to an end on Sunday when they lost 7-2 at Romford Raiders, but Cornish insists the defeat will not affect his side's morale.

"It is pretty frustrating when your 23-game unbeaten run comes crashing down but when you're on a big streak like that it's bound to happen, so after 23 games I can't complain too much," said the Canadian.

"We're confident and have been doing well all year so we're feeling good going into these last two matches, so everything should take care of itself."

Raiders play Swindon Wildcats II on Saturday before hosting Cardiff Devils on 19 March.



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