NIHL South preview: Cornish targets fairy tale ending

Wightlink Raiders’ Player/Coach Jeremy Cornish bids to end his playing career in style this weekend with victory in the NIHL1 South play-off final against Chelmsford Chieftains.

Cornish led the Raiders to the play-off title last season, but they face a difficult task this time around with Chieftains chasing the quadruple.

The teams have met on six occasions this season, with Chieftains winning three times, Raiders once and two tied games.

Chieftains beat London Raiders and Streatham Redskins on their way to the final, while Raiders defeated Solent Devils and Invicta Dynamos.

Cornish took to Twitter earlier today to issue a rallying call to Raiders’ fans.

“Receiving a lot of messages from people wishing us best of luck this weekend,” he wrote.

“We may be the underdogs going into this weekend, but I know the character of @wightlinkraider will be leaving it all out on the ice this weekend.

“Very thankful the guys have given me one more week of hockey before I’m finished and I hope we can get a couple decent results.

“My career has been full of ups and downs and winning this weekend would be a fairy tale ending.

“Guess it’s fair to say I’m pretty excited to get to the rink tomorrow and see what our guys have left in the tank.

“I think they’ve got a bit more to give and I really hope the rink is packed out for my last home game on the island.”

Cornish ended with the following Tweet:

WEEKEND FIXTURES

NIHL1 South play-off final

Saturday – 1st leg

Wightlink Raiders v Chelmsford Chieftains

Sunday – 2nd leg

Chelmsford Chieftains v Wightlink Raiders

NIHL2 South – play-off semi-final

Saturday – 1st leg

Peterborough Islanders v Cardiff Fire

Sunday – 2nd leg

Cardiff Fire v Peterborough Islanders

NIHL2 South

Lee Valley Lions v Invicta Mustangs

(Image permission: David Trevallion)

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