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PUBLISHED: 18:16 10 March 2011

Raiders player of the month for February Julian Smith

Raiders player of the month for February Julian Smith


Raiders meet Raiders again

ENL Division 1

Saturday: Bristol v Romford Raiders

Sunday, Challenge: Romford Raiders v Isle of Wight Raiders (5.15pm)

Buoyed by their 7-2 win over the table-topping Isle of Wight Raiders last weekend, Danny Marshall’s Raiders will look to wipe out a three-goal deficit in the second leg of their inter-club challenge on Sunday.

Before that, they head west to try and keep their ENL campaign on track at lowly Bristol.

Romford beat the Pitbulls 11-0 on their previous visit, but were made to work hard for a 6-2 success at Rom Valley Way recently.

Young defenceman Billy Phillips misses the weekend’s action due to suspension, following his match penalty against the Isle of Wight, but Marshall will hope to welcome Tyrone Miller back to the blue line after an ankle injury.

ENL Division 2

Saturday: Romford Fury v Isle of Wight Tigers (5.15pm)

Fury play their final home game of the 2010/11 campaign this weekend and will be looking to end on a high.

Goalscoring has proven a major problem for Alan Blyth’s side this season, who average less than 2.5 goals per game.

But they will hope to rouse themselves for the home crowd, before their final outing to the Isle of Wight next month.

*Romford Tornadoes came out on top in a high-scoring recreational contest with local rivals Chelmsford Nighthawks.

Beaten 5-1 when the two sides met a week earlier, Tornadoes gained ample revenge with a 16-10 triumph.

Former Romford Raider Jon Beckett led the way with seven goals, while Czech forward Vitek Prucha added four.

Captain Kevin Ellen weighed in with a hat-trick, while another ex-Raider Marcus Cast added a shorthanded effort.

Tornadoes have been drawn against MK Hurricanes and Met Police in the group stages of this year’s Thames Valley Cup, having won the event in 2010.

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