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Raiders look to build momentum

Jakub Klima celebrates a Raiders goal at Chelmsford Jakub Klima celebrates a Raiders goal at Chelmsford

Sam Park
Friday, December 13, 2013
3:30 PM

Buckman: Derby win a massive boost

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Raiders captain Jason Buckman wants his side to build on their derby win at Chelmsford and maintain momentum heading into the festive period.

Frankie Harvey’s hat-trick led Raiders to a 5-3 victory over the previously unbeaten Chieftains and completed a second successive four-point weekend after a 4-1 success at MK Thunder on Saturday.

Raiders welcome Cardiff to Lee Valley tomorrow (Saturday) and host the Isle of Wight a week later, with Buckman looking to give their fans a happy Christmas.

He said: “We have a couple of important home games before Christmas. If we can get two wins and extend the run to six games, it will send a clear message to everybody that come the new year and building towards the play-offs, we can play with and beat the best in the league.”

Goals from player-coach Danny Marshall, AJ Smith and Jakub Klima put Raiders 4-0 up on the Thunder’s small temporary rink before Euan King’s shutout bid was ruined inside the last two minutes.

Special teams dominated the Essex derby as Darren Brown put Chelmsford ahead on a powerplay before Harvey replied with the hosts a man short.

Harvey struck either side of a Billy Phillips effort in the middle period as Raiders again made their extra man count.

And Klima added a fifth, inbetween goals from Brown and Luke Brittle.

Buckman added: “Saturday’s game in Milton Keynes wasn’t easy, going into such a small rink against a team that always works hard. To go there and comfortably get the result was just what we needed heading into Sunday.

“After winning three on the bounce and with the addition of Klima, the lines are really starting to settle down now and that showed in the derby.

“We all know what to expect when we go to Chelmsford and it’s always going to be a tough battle, but with Tyrone Miller also in the line-up, we have three really competitive forward lines and solid defenders behind them.

“Klima coming in has given a bit boost to the whole team, and the goals have started coming already from him and his line mates.

“Frankie has had decent form all season and never fails to work his socks off, along with Marshall, Jakub compliments their style of play.

“Frankie has always had an eye for goal and Jakub provides the time and space for him to get into goalscoring areas, but they all have good experience and move the puck well on the powerplay, which showed when special teams in tight games are needed to put up points.”

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