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Raiders NIHL 2 captain Roberts says they will use weekend off wisely

PUBLISHED: 10:00 05 October 2018

Sam Roberts fires goalwards (pic John Scott)

Sam Roberts fires goalwards (pic John Scott)

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Everyone Active Raiders Division Two captain Sam Roberts says they will use their weekend off to be extra prepared for their clash with London rivals Haringey Huskies next weekend, writes Jacob Ranson.

The Romford-based side will be able to lick their wounds after suffering a heavy 7-1 defeat to Chelmsford Chieftains last weekend.

But the 29-year-old is now keen for them to bounce back against one of his former clubs when they welcome the Huskies to the Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre on Saturday week (October 13).

“It is nice to have a weekend off and be extra ready for next weekend which is a game I’m sure we will come out victorious,” Roberts said.

“It being a former club I’ve played for makes it that bit more exciting, but with the guys we’ve got, it should be a great game and we will see what happens on the night.”

The former Division One Raider insisted the 7-1 result didn’t reflect the game at the Riverside last weekend.

“The scoreline didn’t really reflect the game because I thought there was some good play, but it was one of the worst games I’ve played in with the amount of stoppages and penalties called on both sides,” he added.

“It just killed the game in my opinion. Chelmsford are a well drilled team and have some good, experienced young guys so you can’t take that away from them.”

Hat-tricks from Ross Brears and Brad Moore as well as a solo effort from James Ayling sealed the points for the Chieftains, meaning Bailey Chittock’s unassisted goal in the first period proved just a consolation.

Roberts praised Chittock and is pleased he has rejoined the club in recent weeks, adding: “Bailey is one of the few players that have a natural talent for the game, he was out for a while but has immediately come back and played how he did before.

“He’s just a little podgier looking! But it’s great to have him on the team and scoring.”

The derby match included a number of fights and the captain admits he feels the Essex rivalry never ended despite not facing each other last season. “I don’t think the rivalry has ever stopped, it was just laying low until we met again,” he added.

Scorers, Chieftains: Ross Brears 3+3; Bradley Moore 3; James Ayling 1+3; Thomas Wilson 0+1; James Dimond 0+1; Will Polston 0+1; Courtney Grant 0+1; Charlie Phillips 0+1.

Raiders: Bailey Chittock 1. Shots faced: Sonny Phillips (C) 23-7-11=41-1 Zach Grandy-Smith (R) 16-19-14=49-7.

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