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Harvey hopes for Raiders return

PUBLISHED: 14:27 09 November 2010

Romford Raiders Frankie Harvey

Romford Raiders Frankie Harvey

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Injured youngster ‘hates watching’

Frankie Harvey is hoping to return to action for Romford Raiders this coming weekend.

Harvey was forced to sit out his side’s most recent matches against Chelmsford and Oxford due to injury.

But the 18-year-old hopes further rest will enable him to take his place in the line-up when Streatham visit Rom Valley Way on Sunday.

He said: “I went into a corner in Chelmsford the weekend before and got hit.

“I fell into the boards and my arm got caught behind my back a bit. I felt something in my shoulder and when I got up I thought something was wrong.

“I played through the pain for the rest of the match, but when I woke up the next day, it had stiffened up.”

Raiders lost 1-0 in Chelmsford and fell to a 4-2 home reverse against defending champions Invicta the next night, with Harvey clearly struggling.

He added: “I was tempted to go to hospital that morning, but really wanted to play.

“I probably didn’t do it any favours, though, and it was pretty sore all of last week.

“I didn’t train, but went out for the warm-up on Saturday and tried to get it moving a bit, but I had no power in my shot and it was too painful.”

Raiders were denied a derby win against the Chieftains, who earned a 3-3 with a last-gasp goal.

But they skated to a 7-4 success in Oxford on Sunday, thanks to four goals from player-coach Danny Marshall.

“I hate watching, especially when the games are so tight,” said Harvey.

“It was a good game and I think we were the better team, but they got the lucky bounces.

“It’s frustrating when the other team scores with only a few seconds to go, but the puck popped out to Danny [Hammond] right in front of goal.
“Sunday was back and forth, but we picked it up a gear in the third and got a two-goal lead and that was it.”

New Slovakian forward Juraj Huska netted three goals at the weekend and Harvey believes he could prove a key acquisition.

“Juraj’s a good player,” he said. “He’s a good skater and has got a wicked shot and looks comfy already.

“Him and Danny are moving the puck around well already on the ice and he’s already putting points on the board so he looks a good signing. We needed that extra bit of juice in attack.”

Whether or not Harvey gets the chance to link up with the newest Raider this weekend remains to be seen, but the youngster says the mood in the camp is good.

“We were pretty down after the last couple of weekends [three successive losses],” he said. “But the atmosphere is good. We know we’ve got to keep working and keep our heads up and we bounced back. Three out of four points last weekend is not too bad.”


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