Streatham IHC forward Sean Scarbrough believes the team have shown they have the ability to reach the NIHL1 South play-off final.
The London-based outfit face Invicta Dynamos in the last four this weekend having edged past Solent Devils in the previous round.
Scarbrough scored twice in the second leg of that tie as Streatham completed a 5-4 aggregate win, but the 31-year-old was quick to hail the impact of winger Steven Fisher after being reunited with his former line-mate.
“It was good to play with Fish again – he has good vision and when you get passes like that it makes your job so much easier,” Scarbrough told London News Online.
“We both worked really well with Joe (Allen) as a combination all night and that bodes well for this coming weekend in the semi-final.
“If we perform and win the tie then we get another weekend of hockey together as a group, but obviously if not then it’s the summer holidays for us all.
“We have shown in parts what we are capable of, but against Invicta we are going to have to be focused over both games if we want to advance.”
London Raiders will look to upset the odds when they take on treble-chasing Chelmsford Chieftains this weekend.
The Raiders reached the last four courtesy of an 11-3 aggregate victory over Oxford City Stars, and captain Tom Davis believes they can progress to the final.
“Everyone knows we are the underdogs, but if we play like we can and we did against Oxford then I could see an upset being caused,” Davis told the Romford Recorder.
“It’s going to take hard work and playing as a unit, but again, we have shown already this season we can do that.”
Raiders’ forward Alan Lack backed up his skipper’s views and says last weekend’s rout of the Stars proved the team’s quality.
“The two games at the weekend were massive for us and it has got us through to the semi-finals with a huge boost of confidence,” said Lack.
“Having the team at full strength for the whole weekend, shows what we can do as a team. Now we’re looking forward to this weekend – it’s going to be a big one.”
NIHL1 South play-offs
London Raiders v Chelmsford Chieftains
Streatham IHC v Invicta Dynamos
Invicta Mustangs v Haringey Racers
Slough Jets v Peterborough Islanders
NIHL1 South play-offs
Invicta Dynamos v Streatham IHC
Chelmsford Chieftains v London Raiders
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