Streatham Redskins 6 London Raiders 4
Kamil Kinkor hopes he and the returning Callum Best can forge a formidable partnership at Streatham Redskins after combining to down London Raiders on Sunday.
The pair both scored twice to add to goals from captain Joe Johnston and Adam Wood, before they had to hold off a third-period comeback from the Raiders to seal victory and stop a run of three successive defeat.
Best was the league’s top scorer last season but left to join Guildford Flames in the summer, only to leave by mutual consent earlier this month and return to south London.
“We’re getting used to each other, me and Callum,” said Kinkor.
“Callum is very good and I’m used to Woody on the right side. I get the puck on the left and I know that Woody is busting himself to the other side and we make those nice plays and we score goals off them.
“With Callum now in the centre, he looks around, has great coordination and finds us and the open ice, which is great because he has very good experience.”
Johnston cancelled out Marek Nahlik’s opener before two quick goals from Best established a two-goal lead.
Kinkor scored either side of the first intermission after a Frankie Harvey goal, and when Adam Wood made it 6-2 late in the second the game seemed over.
Rio Grinnell-Parke and Harvey did score twice in the last five minutes to make for a tense finish, but the Redskins hung on for the win.
Best was also ejected from the game in the final period for a strong hit on Maron Webster that the referee adjudged to have been led with the elbow, a call that the Redskins forward found harsh.
Feature image of Kamil Kinkor courtesy of Rick Webb, with thanks