Search

Smith buzzing as Raiders beat Bees

PUBLISHED: 09:15 20 March 2018

Raiders defenceman Julian Smith plays the puck up ice (pic John Scott)

Raiders defenceman Julian Smith plays the puck up ice (pic John Scott)

Archant

Raiders defenceman Julian Smith was delighted to help see off Bracknell in the first round of the National League play-offs at the weekend.

Raiders forward Matt Turner shows good puck control (pic John Scott)Raiders forward Matt Turner shows good puck control (pic John Scott)

The experienced blue liner was a commanding presence at the back during a 4-2 home win at Romford’s Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre, which sealed a 10-7 aggregate success over the Bees.

And Smith was pleased to see Raiders live up to their higher seeding, having finished above Bracknell in fourth place during the regular season.

He said: “Coming into this weekend against the Bees we knew we were going to be in for a tough challenge.

“What we had been able to achieve by breaking into the top four would have given the Bees that extra motivation to get back at us this weekend.

Brandon Ayliffe looks to break up ice (pic John Scott)Brandon Ayliffe looks to break up ice (pic John Scott)

“We knew the away leg in this quarter-final was huge, our aim was to be even or better coming away and that’s exactly what we did.”

Early goals from Juraj Huska and JJ Pitchley put Raiders 2-0 up in Berkshire, but the hosts hit back with three unanswered goals either side of the first break.

Huska, Jake Sylvester and Marek Nahlik replied to put Raiders 5-3 up after two periods, but Bees had the edge in the final session although Nahlik’s second goal sealed a 6-5 victory for the visitors.

Matt Turner widened the gap in the return leg, but Bees scored twice to level the overall aggregate score, before Sylvester struck.

Nahlik then put Raiders 3-2 up on the night and when Bees pulled goalie Alex Mettam for an extra skater, Sylvester shot into the empty net to the delight of another packed-out crowd to set up a meeting with league champions Basingstoke next weekend.

Smith added: “As a team our performances at home in our new barn has been excellent and with the crowd behind us we believed we could progress to the semi final.

“We face the league champions in the semis and know this will be our toughest challenge yet. We took the Bison right to the wire last time we faced them (a 2-1 loss) and the boys are ready to do the same again.”

Latest Romford Sports News

Premier League: West Ham United 1 (Arnautovic 33p) Bournemouth 2 (Wilson 60, Francis 66)

Yesterday, 16:55

Vanarama National League: Halifax Town 2 (Kosylo 29, Edwards 59) Dagenham & Redbridge 1 (Adeloye 33)

Yesterday, 14:30

The 33-year-old admitted the Eagles were disappointed with how they played in this year’s Vitality Blast

Fri, 18:00

The 22-year-old played for the under-23s on Monday night and wants to keep his match fitness up

Fri, 17:00

After struggling during the first half of the season, Upminster have now won five times in a row

Fri, 17:00

Everyone Active Raiders have announced Finnish duo Timo Kauhanen and Jani Lehtovaara for the Legends team to take on the current squad on August 26.

Fri, 16:00

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Peter Taylor will hope to avoid a repeat of their past mistakes when they make the trip to Halifax Town this weekend.

Fri, 15:00

After entertaining Chelmsford on Saturday, Hornchurch will host Brentwood a day later in the League Cup semi-finals

PROMOTED CONTENT

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now