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Everyone Active Raiders are set to run a second team in the NIHL South Two

PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 May 2018

A big crowd welcomed ice hockey back to Romford (pic John Scott)

A big crowd welcomed ice hockey back to Romford (pic John Scott)

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Everyone Active Raiders have been accepted to run a second team in the National League South Two after officials from member clubs and the LMC met this weekend in Sheffield and Newbury to agree the format of competition for NIHL in season 2018/19.

The Raiders will once again take their place in the NIHL South One and the league remains unchanged from last season with Basingstoke Bison, Bracknell Bees, Cardiff Fire, Invicta Dynamos, London Raiders, Milton Keynes Thunder, Peterborough Phantoms, Streatham IHC and Swindon Wildcats all involved.

The team will play two home and two away against each other in the league.

The club has also been accepted to run a second team in the NIHL South Two, which will now include 15 teams, Basingstoke Buffalo, Bracknell Hornets, Bristol Pitbulls, Cardiff Fire 2, Chelmsford Chieftains, Guildford Phoenix, Haringey Huskies, Invicta Mustangs, Lee Valley Lions, London Raiders 2, Oxford City Stars, Peterborough Phantoms 2, Slough Jets, Solent Devils and Swindon Wildcats 2.

They will play one home and one away game against each other in the league.

The National Cup and Autumn Cup will not be continued in their current format and discussions on interleague cup competitions will continue for future seasons.

For 18/19 the North and South will run separate cup competitions for Division 1.

There will be no cup competitions for Division 2 in either North or South.

In the North a number of teams have expressed an interest in the Cup and these discussions are ongoing. Full details will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.

In the South there will be seven teams in the Cup, namely Basingstoke, Swindon, Peterborough, Streatham, Invicta, London and Bracknell.

These clubs will play 1 home and 1 away against the other six teams in the Cup.

The top four sides will qualify for two-legged semi final. The Final will also be over two legs.

It is the hope of the LMC to have league fixtures published by the end of July.

League manager Richard Carpenter said: “It was a long weekend but once again very much worthwhile to see all NIHL clubs and discuss issues face to face.

“The league has come a long way in the last 12 months and we look forward to the new campaign starting in September.”

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