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Big weekend for Raiders

PUBLISHED: 12:15 30 October 2010

Romford Raiders Pierre Wilhelmsson celebrates scoring, Raiders v Cardiff

Romford Raiders Pierre Wilhelmsson celebrates scoring, Raiders v Cardiff

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Saturday

ENL Div 1: Chelmsford v RAIDERS

These Essex rivals should have met twice last month, but Chelmsford were granted extra time off with their rink redevelopment running behind schedule.

Chieftains duly lost the first match of their delayed campaign on the Isle of Wight, but chalked up 7-1 wins in Oxford and Bracknell either side of a double-header success against MK Thunder (6-4, 10-1).

Dean Birrell’s men hit back from 3-0 down to draw at Invicta last Sunday, with Matt Turner – Romford’s player of the year last season – netting twice to help clinch a point.

Goalie Euan King will be looking to frustrate his former Raider teammates, but Michael Gray has been in fine form for Danny Marshall’s men these past few weeks.

The absence of Lithuanian import Al Visockas should not hamper the Raiders offence too much, as he had scored just two points (1+1) in his first six appearances, and Marshall remains confident in his side’s abilities.

Sunday

ENL Div 1: RAIDERS v Invicta

Champions Invicta make their first trip to Rom Valley Way in decent shape.

Held to a high-scoring 7-7 draw by Streatham in their season-opener, Dynamos have chalked up seven wins and a draw in their last nine.

Their only defeat so far this term came on the Isle of Wight, but Kevin Parrish’s side will not let that worry them.

Former Romford juniors Callum Fowler (11+16) and Liam Chong (7+6) boast dazzling speed and eyes for goal, while new Canadian imports Dan Calitri (13+11) and Dan Borges (5+11) appear to be settling in well.

Former Raiders goalie Andy Moffat has been sidelined by injury, but Joe White has returned to share duties with Andrew Dickson and is more than capable at this level.

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