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Big date for Raiders

PUBLISHED: 08:54 13 October 2012

Romford had to settle for a 5-5 draw on their last trip to the Isle of Wight this season

Romford had to settle for a 5-5 draw on their last trip to the Isle of Wight this season

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Our guide to the weekend's fixtures

Saturday

South East Trophy

Isle of Wight v Romford Raiders (6pm)

Romford’s trip to the tiny rink at Ryde ended in controversy last month.

Juraj Huska’s hat-trick goal had given the visitors a 5-4 lead with less than a minute to play in the first leg of the Raiders Cup challenge with their namesakes.

But the home side hit back to force a last-gasp equaliser, as the puck appeared to enter the net after the referee’s whistle.

Romford fell 2-0 down in the return leg at Rom Valley Way the following night, before netting seven unanswered goals to claim the silverware.

And they need to get the edge over Jeremy Cornish’s men in their head-to-head meetings in the South East Trophy – the sides meet again in Romford on October 21 – to keep alive their hopes of defending this title.

Essex rivals Chelmsford have already booked their place in January’s two-legged final, so there is plenty to play for.

National League Division 2

Romford Fury v Swindon (5.15pm)

Fury return to the ice after a blank weekend looking to build on their fine win over the Isle of Wight Tigers last month.

Dan Peters, Sam Rboerts, Sam Park and Mel Bidder put them 4-0 up in the first period on the island, before Wight began to fight back.

A second goal from Roberts gave Romford a 5-2 lead in the final period, but Wight struck twice more to cut the gap to one and were awarded a penalty shot with only three seconds left on the clock.

Fury goalie Ian Shepherd came up with a matchwinning save, though, to send Fury home extremely happy.

They host a Swindon side who have only played twice so far, losing 10-6 at Oxford five weeks ago, before blanking Lee Valley by an 11-0 margin.

Sunday

National League Division 1

Romford Raiders v MK Thunder (5.15pm)

Romford’s defending champions return to league action on Sunday for only their fourth fixture of the 2012/13 campaign.

Manager Mick Cahill says the league is the team’s “priority” this season and they have beaten Streatham (7-6) and Solent (10-2; 6-5) so far.

But they welcome a Thunder side who made title hopefuls Chelmsford work hard for a slender 3-2 victory last weekend.

MK include former Raiders fan favourite Jamie Randall, his brother Greg and much-respected Canadian import Dwayne Newman among their ranks but have lost away games at Invicta (7-2) and Isle of Wight (6-0) so far.

Goalie Mark Woolf was in excellent form last weekend, though, and can expect to face plenty of shots at Rom Valley Way.

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