Streatham Redskins’ Johnston targets Invicta win to kickstart end-of-season run

Joe Johnston is eyeing a special finish to Streatham Redskins’ season – starting with victory at Invicta Dynamos on Sunday.

After a strong start the season, Redskins have been inconsistent since the turn of the year and head into this weekend’s National South Division One clash on the back of a 6-2 defeat against leaders Chelmsford Chieftains last Sunday.

Earlier in the month they had beaten Chieftains twice in two days, but then followed that with a surprise defeat to struggling London Raiders.

With only five league games left, Johnston is targeting a return to the form that saw them win 12 of their opening 15 games.

“We have been struggling for consistency recently, we have won some tough games but haven’t been able to keep that level up,” he said.

“We need to change that at the weekend. If we can build good momentum until the end of the season it could be a special finish.

“The mood in the camp is good and we are confident we can continue to improve in the final weeks of the season.

“We have a busy schedule ahead of us and that starts this weekend, we feel like we can match anyone and Invicta will be no different.”

Despite their form, Redskins are still in third, six points behind second-placed Invicta, and in a good place to reach the play-offs.

With a two-legged NIHL South Cup final against Chieftains to come as well, Johnston thinks the improvement is obvious.

“The fact that we are talking about being involved in these big games shows how much we have improved this year,” said Johnston.

“We have ticked a lot of boxes with our performances this year. Nobody will want to play us in the playoffs.”

Feature image of Joe Johnston, courtesy of Rick Webb, with thanks

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