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PUBLISHED: 13:22 02 September 2011

Romford Raiders start a new season this weekend

Romford Raiders start a new season this weekend


Raiders return for new campaign

Saturday (7pm)

English National League

MK Thunder v Romford Raiders

Danny Marshall’s Raiders will look to get their new campaign up and running with a win in Milton Keynes.

Romford won all four meetings between the two clubs last season, on their way to a third-place finish in the regular season.

And with Marshall’s squad looking even stronger following the additions of senior players Andrius Kaminskas, Matt Turner and Grant Taylor, they will be expected to return to Rom Valley Way with both points again.

Thunder include former Raider Jamie Randall among their ranks and this week announced the signing of Slovakian youngster Pavol Valko whose dad, also named Pavol, impressed on the blue line during his lone season in Romford.

But if Raiders are to feature in the race for honours in 2011/12, they will need to make sure they do not slip up in games such as this.

Sunday (5.15pm)

South East Trophy

Romford Raiders v Isle of Wight

There was little between these two sides last season, but the Isle of Wight came out on top when it came to silverware.

Both sides won two of the four league meetings, with Romford shading the head-to-head on goal difference (14-9) thanks to a convincing 7-2 success at Rom Valley Way.

But that came after a 2-1 defeat in Ryde, which virtually guaranteed Jeremy Cornish and his men the title.

Wight also lifted the ‘Raiders Cup’ courtesy of a 6-3 aggregate win, but with these sides set to meet at least eight times this season there are certain to be lots of fireworks between now and April.

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