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Jeremy Cornish hails Wightlink Raiders league title win

Jeremy Cornish
Cornish joined the Raiders from Basingstoke Bison in 2009

Wightlink Raiders coach Jeremy Cornish says winning the Division One South title on Sunday was the greatest accomplishment of his career.

Raiders hammered Cardiff Devils 9-0 at Ryde Arena to clinch their first title in 14 years.

Cornish, 31, told BBC Radio Solent: "It's my second year coaching and this is my greatest accomplishment.

"I'm pretty happy but as a team we're really excited as it feels like all the hard work this year has paid off."

Raiders swept aside the Devils with a hat-trick from Alex Murray and additional goals from Richard Bentham, Jason Gorrie, Dom Hopkins, Damon Larter, Steve Gosset and Robbie Brown.

Cornish added: "It was pretty exciting to finish our last league game with that type of win so we are really happy.

"The side have improved in their determination and the way they have to come together in order to win."

Raiders could opt for promotion to the Premier League, however Cornish says financial constraints prevents his side from moving up the English National Ice Hockey league system.

"There wont be any promotion at all unless we want to go up, we aren't looking for promotion this year," he said

"It's strictly a financial thing in ice hockey whether teams have the money to move up.

"We don't want to move up just for the sake of moving up, we need to keep playing the best that we can and get the team stable from the grass roots up, right from kids hockey to the first team.

"Any team can go up or down but we want to get our team to be as stable and as competitive as possible first."

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