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Four-goal Marshall leads Raiders

PUBLISHED: 12:06 08 November 2010

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Player-coach shines in Oxford

Player-coach Danny Marshall netted four times to lead Romford Raiders to a 7-4 English National League win in Oxford last night.

New import Juraj Huska cancelled out Oxford’s opening goal, before Marshall claimed his first of the night.

But the home side hit back with a hotly-disputed goal on the buzzer to square matters at the end of the first period and, after Tyrone Miller’s powerplay strike put Raiders back in front, levelled again just before the second break.

Marshall restored his side’s lead 32 seconds into the final period, but Oxford struck on another powerplay to make it 4-4.

Huska’s unassisted effort gave Raiders their fourth lead of the night and Marshall completed his hat-trick with five minutes remaining, before adding an empty net goal in the closing seconds.

Victory completed a three-point weekend for Raiders, who had been denied a derby win in the dying seconds of their clash with Chelmsford on Saturday.

Former Raider Danny Hammond swept home a powerplay goal with only six seconds remaining to earn Chieftains a point from a 3-3 tie at Rom Valley Way.

James Ayling had given the visitors a second-period lead, but Raiders captain Anthony Leone levelled with a superb solo effort and AJ Smith tipped in Jason Buckman’s pass to make it 2-1.

Matt Turner squared matters again, after Grant Baxter and Danny Cox had traded blows in centre ice, but new Raiders import Juraj Huska looked to have netted the winning goal on his debut.

Huska converted on a Romford powerplay with less than four minutes to play, but a hooking call against JJ McGrath gave Chelmsford one last chance and they pulled goalie Euan King for an extra skater in the final half a minute to help set up Hammond’s late strike.

Simon Kears was the lone goalscorer as Romford Fury fell to a 4-1 defeat against Oxford in Division Two.

Results, Saturday: Bristol 9 Swindon 5, Cardiff 3 Oxford 5, Romford 3 Chelmsford 3, Wight 9 Streatham 1.

Sunday: Bracknell 3 Cardiff 6, Chelmsford 16 Bristol 3, Invicta 3 Wight 2, Oxford 4 Romford 7, Swindon 2 M Keynes 2.


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