Fury bid fond farewell to Rom Valley Way
PUBLISHED: 17:17 28 March 2013
National League Div 2: Romford Fury 8 Invicta 6
Romford Fury said goodbye to Rom Valley Way in style with an exciting 8-6 victory over Invicta Mustangs.
Fury took the lead on the very first shift of the game as Sam Park’s blocked shot from the slot looped up over the goalie’s head and into the net.
Invicta hit back to move 3-1 up with some well-worked goals, but Fury replied before the first break when a shot from Mark Robinson was saved and Sean Martin banged in the rebound.
The two sides continued to trade goals in the middle session, with Matt Brown on target before Romanos Fedotovas potted a brace.
Lithuanian Fedotovas completed his hat-trick to tie the score early in the final period and Mel Bidder, derby match-winner against Chelmsford earlier in the season, forced home a loose puck to put Fury 7-6 ahead.
Invicta fought hard to get back on level terms before the buzzer, but Fury sealed the points as Sam Roberts got in behind the visiting defence to fire a wristshot into the top corner.
Head coach Simon Kears said: “Invicta have some great players and take their chances. We gave them too much space at the start and they punished our errors.
“Maybe the occasion got too much for some of the guys, but once we settled down and played our own game we showed just how far we’ve come as a group of guys.
“Teams of old would have folded after conceding three quick goals, but we’ve got that never-say-die attitude and belief we can beat anyone these days and that showed.”
Assistant coach Dan Sampson added: “What a way to finish! It’s the end of an era and a fitting send-off for a place I’ve called home for a number of years. I have to say there have been a lot of highs and some lows.”
Player coach Lee Mercer said: “It was a great win for us against a team that has been our bogey team the last few years.
“It shows we’re a team that doesn’t seem to know the meaning of getting beat when we’re behind in a game. It was a big game to win as it was our last ever home game.”
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