Leone looks to ‘massive’ clash

PUBLISHED: 10:01 19 February 2011

Adam Smith and Anthony Leone celebrate a goal against Swindon

Adam Smith and Anthony Leone celebrate a goal against Swindon


Raiders captain counting days to Island trip

Romford Raiders captain Anthony Leone is counting down the days to the big title clash with Isle of Wight.

Raiders travel to Ryde tomorrow week (February 26) for the first of two titanic clashes with their namesakes, which could go a long way to deciding the destination of the English National League silverware.

Leone’s side extended their winning streak to 11 games against Swindon and Oxford last weekend and host MK Thunder tonight (Saturday, 5.15pm) before visiting an out-of-sorts Streatham side on Sunday.

But the ‘Battle of the Raiders’ is drawing ever nearer and Leone admits it is starting to get hard to ignore.

He said: “The Isle of Wight is a massive, massive game.

“I don’t think they’ve got anything we can’t handle. They’re flying at the moment, but so are we. Everyone else has been dropping some points.”

Wight have won 12 and drawn four of their last 16 games, since losing at Invicta on November 7 and Leone expects Jeremy Cornish’s men to target hotshot Juraj Huska, who took his goal tally to 38 in just 16 games at the weekend.

He added: “Oxford were hitting him, but I told Juraj he has scored so many goals, he’s got to live with it now.

“He’s played in hard leagues before and he will get more on the island. We’ve got to go there and show the league what we’re all about.”

Before that, though, Raiders must take on the Thunder and Redskins.

They will play as the away team this evening, after offering their rivals the use of Rom Valley Way when their original meeting was postponed due to problems with the ice in Milton Keynes.

Leone added: “Milton Keynes is our biggest game, for now.

“I’ve always found it hard at Streatham too and they beat us at our rink before, but I don’t know what’s happened to them lately.”

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