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Leone reflects on Raiders loss

PUBLISHED: 08:44 23 November 2010

Adam Smith looks for an opening

Adam Smith looks for an opening

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Captain stunned by Redskins defeat

Romford Raiders captain Anthony Leone was almost lost for words after his side’s defeat against Streatham at Rom Valley Way.

A week on from beating the Redskins 10-1, Raiders slumped to a 5-3 defeat and Leone struggled to find an explanation.

He said: “I don’t know what to say really.

“I’ve been going through it with Dan [Marshall] and Mick [Cahill] and I don’t know what happened.

“It’s hard. Not playing on Saturday definitely had something to do with it.

“People think you’ll be fresher, but when you play on both days you get more momentum.”

Raiders outshot their rivals 49-28, but came up against an inspired Will Sanderson.

Leone added: “We had a lot of shots, but we’ve got to put them away.

“Their goalie did well, give him his due, but it looked like we were unfit. I know a couple of the boys have been unwell and Tyrone [Miller] was ill.

“There were positives I suppose. Our third line did a great job, crashing, banging and cycling the puck, and I thought Glen [Jackson] did well coming in when he wasn’t expecting it. David Oliver also did well.”

Raiders face a double-header against Bracknell this coming weekend and Leone wants them to bounce back with two strong displays.

“We’ve got to win them. We struggled at their rink before in the 4-4 draw and they turned over Chelmsford recently,” he added.

“It’s a big ice pad there and it’s a hot rink to play in too. Bracknell can be up and down, but they are must-win games for us this weekend.”


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