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Leone looks for Raiders to push on

PUBLISHED: 16:11 19 January 2011

Raiders call a timeout

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Captain says team can contend

Romford Raiders captain Anthony Leone says his side’s victory over Invicta will have sent a message to the rest of the English National League.

Leone was held off the scoresheet in the 9-6 victory - after Andy Moffat saved his penalty shot - but he believes Raiders, unbeaten in seven league matches, should be considered serious title contenders now.

He said: “It was a brilliant game and we’ve beaten all the other top teams now this season.

“The boys were buzzing after and we played really well. We’re gelling more and more all the time.”

Romford were awarded a penalty shot after an Invicta defenceman threw his stick at the puck, but Leone was denied by the Dynamos goalie.

He added: “Danny [Marshall] said to me to go blocker side but as I went down the ice I was looking at his blocker and he was giving me a lot of space on the catcher side.

“I thought it was in, but he acutally caught it behind him. I think he was lucky and told him it won’t happen again!

“I’d taken five penalty shots in matches before and scored all of them, so I was gutted. It was so close and if it had been an NHL match I think the cameras would’ve shown his glove was over the line!”


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