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Marshall wants points not punches

PUBLISHED: 10:35 22 October 2010

Raiders' JJ McGrath (left) and Cardiff's Phil Manny drop the gloves

Raiders' JJ McGrath (left) and Cardiff's Phil Manny drop the gloves

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Raiders coach seeking more wins

Romford Raiders player-coach Danny Marshall wants his men to focus on hockey, not fighting.

Raiders enjoyed a maximum four-point haul after wins over the Isle of Wight and Cardiff last weekend, but the gloves came off at Rom Valley Way.

Marshall’s men face the same two teams this weekend, travelling to Wales tomorrow and hosting the Isle of Wight on Sunday.

He said: “We wasn’t going to lay down and take any rubbish from the Isle of Wight in their rink. We’ve got skilful players and don’t need to concentrate on that. We focused on getting the points.

“It was a good win there [5-2] and we needed it.

“Sunday’s game was a bit stop-start with the referee calling lots of penalties.

“Cardiff were trying to call it on, but we wanted to concentrate on getting the points first, then entertained it later.”

The Devils will be looking to set the record straight back in their own rink, where they beat Raiders 6-3 last month.

But Marshall added: “We will play hard and take the body, but I want to let them take the penalties.

“We’re not looking to fight on the road, unless we really have to.

“We want to play our game how we want to. Cardiff is not an easy place to go to, but beating them is possible. They won’t be happy at losing to us last week but the points are there to be taken.

“There’s no reason why we shouldn’t beat the Isle of Wight at our place so hopefully we can get another four points and put ourselves in a good position going into the games against Chelmsford and Invicta the following weekend.”

Defenceman Tyrone Miller was due to skate with the team last night, after several weeks on the sidelines following surgery, and could play some part this weekend.

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