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PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 November 2015

London Raiders goalie Michael Gray confers with defencemen David Oliver and Tom Davis at Chelmsford (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders goalie Michael Gray confers with defencemen David Oliver and Tom Davis at Chelmsford (pic: John Scott)

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South East Cup: Chelmsford 5 London Raiders 0

Raiders returned empty-handed from the Riverside Ice Arena for a third successive time this season after being blanked by the Chieftains.

Alan Blyth’s men made the short trip on the back of what the coach had called their best defensive display of the season in their 2-0 win over MK Thunder a week earlier.

But they were shut out themselves in this cup tie by Ben Clements, who turned aside all 34 shots that came his way as their own goalie Michael Gray faced 55 shots at the other end of the rink.

Barely seven minutes had been played when Grant Bartlett opened the scoring for the home side and the former Romford junior struck again before the first break to double Chelmsford’s advantage.

Raiders held out until just past the midway point, when Anthony Leone made it 3-0, but they could not take advantage of two powerplay chances later in the middle period when Julian Smith and John Connolly were binned for holding and hooking penalties.

Chieftains also killed off an interference minor against Sean Barry and gave the final scoreline some late gloss with two goals in the space of 10 seconds in the 56th minute.

Ross Brears made it 4-0, after good work from Leone and Bartlett – who finished with four points to his name – and Matt Turner completed Chelmsford’s nap hand on the very next shift.

Raiders defenceman David Oliver picked up a late 10-minute misconduct penalty, highlighting their frustrations, but they will hope for better when they return to National League action at Invicta on Sunday evening (5.15pm).

Dynamos, however, will not be short of confidence after a 5-4 win at Streatham.

Import forward Eriks Ozollapa and new signing Steven Osman netted two goals apiece with Conor Redmond also on target as they raced into a 5-1 lead in the first period.

And although former Raider Joe Allen replied with a brace for Redskins, they could not haul themselves level as Damien King held firm in Invicta’s net.

Scorers, Chelmsford: G Bartlett 2+2 Leone 1+2 Turner 1+1 Brears 1 C Bartlett 0+1 Alex Staples 0+1 James Ayling 0+1.

Penalty minutes: Chelmsford 8 Raiders 18.

Shots faced: Clements (C) 34 Gray (L) 55.


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