December 9 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 23, 2013
National League Div 1: Invicta 3 Raiders 2
Raiders returned empty-handed from Gillingham after a brave effort against one of the title favourites last night.
Former Romford goalie Chris Douglas performed heroics for the hosts, making 54 saves to deny his old club victory, but Raiders fans will have taken heart from the performance of their side.
Invicta included Juraj Huska and Ryan Giles, who had left Raiders in the summer, as well as former Chelmsford favourite Danny Hammond.
Meanwhile the visitors, missing Frankie Harvey, welcomed AJ Smith back after his brief retirement and fell behind inside two minutes.
Arran Strawson cut in from the left to fire past Euan King and open the scoring and the home side saw Callum Fowler and Jakub Klima hit the goal frame with further chances.
Former Raiders captain Anthony Leone doubled Invicta’s lead in the 11th minute, but the visitors hit back when JJ Pitchley was sent clear on Douglas and finished well.
Invicta restored their two-goal cushion before the break when Klima teed up Elliott Knell at close range but the building had to be evacuated during the first break due to a fire alarm.
It proved a false alarm and the scoreline remained unchanged during the middle session, which ended with Invicta’s Alan Lack and Raiders Andrius Kaminskas picking up double minors for roughing.
Raiders went close to cutting the gap early in the final period as player-coach Danny Marshall hit a post, before Douglas denied Nathan Pollard with a stunning save.
But the visitors gave themselves hope with just under nine minutes remaining when Billy Phillips fired into the roof of the net on a powerplay.
It was not enough, though, as Invicta held on for victory despite being outshot 56-33, with Douglas a clear man of the match for the home side.
Defenceman David Oliver skated off with Romford’s prize after a steady display on the blue line and captain Jason Buckman said: “So many positives to take out of the game.
“We bossed them for two periods and outshot them. Two gifted goals in the first period against our third line, which is pretty rare in itself.
“The travelling support was immense as well. Lets get revenge next week.” Raiders welcome Invicta to Lee Valley next Saturday, before travelling to Streatham the following evening.
Scorers, Dynamos: Knell 1 Leone 1 Strawson 1 Klima 0+2 Hammond 0+1 Fowler 0+1.
Raiders: Phillips 1+1 Pitchley 1+1 Yardley 0+1 Buckman 0+1.
Shots faced: Douglas (Dynamos) 56 King (Raiders) 33.
Penalty minutes: Dynamos 16 Raiders 12.
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