Brandon Ayliffe Signs Up Again

June 1, 2018

Still just 19 Brandon returns after his last Raiders’ action was picking up the Supporters’ Player Of The Year trophy at the annual awards evening. His all action game endeared him to the supporters and after making his debut v Streatham in the opening game last season he made 45 appearances, missing just one game due to concussion. Brandon scored his first goal against Invicta Dynamos and went on to score 9 goals and 11 assists for 20 points, all of them celebrated with a real passion.

Brandon played his junior career at Rom Way Valley Way, moving to Chelmsford after the Romford rink closed. He continued his progression through the Chelmsford Junior System before making his senior debuts for both the Warriors and Chieftains in 2014/15 aged 16. By the time he moved home to the Raiders he had made 68 appearances for the Chieftains scoring 7 goals and 13 assists for 20 points; and for the Warriors he made 49 appearances, scoring 60 goals and 37 assists for 97 points. He picked up number of NIHL League, Cup and Play-Off winners medals as a member of the all-conquering Warriors and Chieftains teams. He also made an appearance for England Under 19 in the annual match against Scotland in May 2017.

Brandon is clearly pleased to be back and reflecting on last season and the clean sweep versus Invicta was hoping such form would continue this season.

“Yeah looking forward for clean sweep against a derby rival. They can be the best games and just the fact it’s Invicta always give us a good game. I like our chances against Basingstoke this year since they were the only team we didn’t manage to beat. I liked our chances last season but we came up short unfortunately, getting closer the further into the season we went”

Sean Easton summarised the appeal of Brandon:
“Brandon is a work horse, skates at a lighting speed and causes opposition defence nightmares with his fore checking abilities. Brandon will once again be our work horse, and I will look to develop different areas of his game, and give him more responsibility to match his type of game. He is a local favourite and we hope he builds a legacy here at Raiders to be remembered.”

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