Juniors to fore as Raiders rest
PUBLISHED: 11:57 16 November 2012
Our guide to the weekend's ice hockey fixtures
Romford Raptors v Slough (4.25pm)
Romford’s junior teams take centre stage at Rom Valley Way, with the senior Raiders having a weekend off.
The youngest group are still searching for their first win of the current season, having lost to Peterborough, Cardiff, Bracknell and table-topping Guildford so far.
And they might fancy their chances against a Slough side, who suffered a heavier defeat than them against the leaders.
Romford Buccaneers v Isle of Wight (6pm)
Buccs have been scoring goals for fun in recent weeks, following their 23-1 success over Streatham with a 13-4 win against Oxford last weekend.
But something has to give tomorrow as both they and the Isle of Wight currently boast 100 per cent records, thanks to four wins out of four.
The match is set to be played for double points and a Romford win would take them two clear of their rivals at the summit.
Romford Hornets v Guildford (6pm)
Hornets lifted the national title last season, but are not having it all their own way this term.
They had to come from behind to earn a 5-5 draw with Slough last weekend, having beaten them 6-0 earlier in the season.
And they can expect a tough test against Guildford, who have won all six of their matches played to date, scoring 58 times and conceding only seven.
National League Division 2
Oxford v Romford Fury (6.15pm)
Fury coach Dan Sampson was fuming after his side’s 6-2 loss in Cardiff last weekend.
Defenceman Robbie Veares suffered a dislocated shoulder from a hit Sampson felt should have been punished by the officials.
Romford had gone four games unbeaten before their trip to Wales and will look to get their bid back on track in the university city against an Oxford side who were edged out by a single goal when they visited Cardiff.
Sampson said: “If we turn up and perform to our potential there is not a better team in the league.”