Ice Hockey Preview
PUBLISHED: 18:45 21 January 2011
Home tests for Fury, Raiders
ENL Division 2
Romford Fury v Oxford
Forced to cancel their trip to the Isle of Wight last weekend due to a flu bug sweeping through the squad, Fury hope to host Oxford’s second string.
One observer claimed they were sick of losing, having suffered six successive defeats either side of the festive break.
No doubt Alan Blyth and his men are a tad fed up with finishing on the wrong end of the scoreline, but they put up a decent fight in a 4-1 reverse in Oxford and will aim to make the online critics eat their words.
Top men – Romford: Dan Peters 18 points (10 goals, 8 assists); Oxford: Joe Boot 23 (9+14).
ENL Division 1
Romford Raiders v Bracknell Hornets
Bracknell’s last trip to Rom Valley Way turned out to be an historic night.
Raiders player-coach Danny Marshall got the points he needed on November 28 to finally usurp Gord Jeffrey as the club’s all-time leading scorer.
And he has seen his team win five games since, extending their unbeaten run to seven, to suggest they can have a real say in the title race this season.
Bristol, Swindon, Oxford, Chelmsford and Invicta have all been swept aside by an aggregate score of 46-12 and Raiders will look to keep their winning habit over the next few weeks.
If Marshall and his men can see off Bracknell, Swindon, Milton Keynes, Oxford and Streatham in seven games over the next five weeks – and it should not be taken for granted as there have already been a few shocks this term – then their trip to the Isle of Wight on February 26 will take on added significance.
Captain Anthony Leone highlighted the fact this week that 19 more wins will see Romford crowned as champions.
They start out on that road to riches this weekend.
Top men – Romford: Danny Marshall 53 points (18+35); Frankie Harvey 36 (15+21); Adam Smith 29 (11+18).
Bracknell: Danny Hughes 29 (10+19); Alan Lack 26 (10+16); Grant Rounding 25 (12+13).
Previous meetings: Brk 4 Rom 4; Brk 2 Rom 2; Rom 4 Brk 2.
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