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PUBLISHED: 09:51 21 March 2011

Raiders player-coach Danny Marshall

Raiders player-coach Danny Marshall

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Victory boosts second place hopes

Romford Raiders skated to a 5-2 win at rivals Invicta last night to give their hopes of securing the ENL runners-up spot a huge lift.

Third period goals from Frankie Harvey, Pierre Wilhelmsson and player-coach Danny Marshall secured the points at the Gillingham Ice Bowl, after Romford had won 6-2 at MK Thunder the night before.

The Isle of Wight clinched the regular season title with a 9-0 victory over Cardiff on Saturday, but Romford will claim second place for themselves with four more wins after their weekend double.

Marshall’s men took a fifth-minute lead at Milton Keynes through Harvey, but the hosts hit back to level soon after.

Captain Anthony Leone, Marshall and Adam Smith struck in a five-minute spell to put Romford 4-1 up at the interval.

And after MK grabbed their second goal of the game, a powerplay effort from Julian Smith was followed by David Oliver’s first goal of the season to complete the Romford tally.

Former Raider Michael Timms put Invicta ahead on the powerplay the following night, but Julian Smith levelled and Billy Phillips put Romford ahead on his return from a three-game suspension.

Andy Smith made it 2-2 at the first break and the scoreline remained unchanged until early in the final period, when Harvey put the visitors ahead on a powerplay.

Wilhelmsson struck as Romford enjoyed another man advantage with 10 minutes remaining and Marshall rounded off a good night’s work at 56:07.

Romford climbed above Invicta into third place and visit Essex rivals Chelmsford on Saturday (March 26), before Oxford come to Rom Valley Way on Sunday (5.15pm).

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