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Sunday, October 13, 2013
National League: Bracknell 7 Raiders 3
Raiders were left to rue a slow start in Berkshire as they slumped to defeat against a youthful Hornets side last night.
The visitors were returning to action after a weekend off and player-coach Danny Marshall handed young goalie Dan Lane his first start between the pipes.
But the move backfired as the GB under-18 international was beaten four times from 11 shots, in less than 12 minutes of play, before making way for the more experienced Euan King.
The visitors were 4-1 down at that stage and, although they had wiped out a four-goal deficit at Streatham to earn a point in their last outing, there was to be no such escape this time as David Wride held firm in the home net, making 37 saves.
Danny Hughes fired the hosts ahead with barely five minutes played and Tom Fisher and Carl Thompson netted 42 seconds apart to put Hornets 3-0 up at 8:41.
AJ Smith replied with his first goal since coming out of a brief retirement, but Hughes restored his side’s three-goal cushion soon after to send Lane back to the Raiders bench.
King was beaten twice on his first three three shots, by Fisher and Ryan Handisides, to complete a miserable opening period for Raiders, who were without Lithuanian import Andrius Kaminskas.
And Harvey Stead’s goal made it 7-1 with almost half the game still to be played, threatening Raiders with a heavy defeat.
King would not be beaten in the remaining 28:36 of play, though, and Frankie Harvey fired a final period brace to provide some consolation for the visitors.
But it was far from the ideal preparation ahead of their first Essex derby of the season at Chelmsford tonight (Sunday, 6.30pm).
Smith said: “Yesterday was a poor result for us, but it’s behind us now.
“All we can do is learn from it and use it as motivation for today’s game.”
Captain Jason Buckman added: “The less said the better about that performance. New day and a new game.”
Scorers, Hornets: Hughes 2+2 Fisher 2 Thompson 1+2 Stead 1+1 Handisides 1 Webb 0+2 Ilya Antonov 0+1 Barker 0+1 Wojciak 0+1 Ivan Antonov 0+1.
Raiders: Harvey 2 Smith 1 Marshall 0+1 B Phillips 0+1 Yardley 0+1.
Christine Ohuruogu and Mo Farah have been nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.