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Oliver earns teammates praise

PUBLISHED: 16:22 07 March 2011

David Oliver 'bleeds gold and blue'

David Oliver 'bleeds gold and blue'

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Raiders salute defenceman David

Romford Raiders players have heaped praise on defenceman David Oliver after his performance in last night’s 7-2 win over table-topping Isle of Wight.

Oliver stepped into the breach when Tyrone Miller withdrew from the match during warm-up and performed admirably on the blue line.

And he capped a sterling individual display with a late scrap against Brad Watchorn.

Oliver came off the bench to take on Watchorn, who was trying to drag Billy Phillips into a confrontation.

Raiders assistant captain Grant Baxter led the tributes, saying: “Dave Oliver stepped up and I take my hat off to him.

“He showed we’re all willing to help out the guy next to us. I think someone told him Watchorn had stolen his headphones!”

Player-coach Danny Marshall was also delighted with the efforts of Oliver, who kissed the Raiders logo as he skated to the penalty box, to the delight of the Rom Valley Way crowd.

He added: “Dave has been stepping up for me all season. He doesn the simple things right and gets the job done.

“If you cut him, he’d bleed gold and blue. He wears his heart on his sleeve and is a real team player.”

Romford ended Wight’s 23-game unbeaten run with a superb all-round display and the two sides meet again at Rom Valley Way this Sunday in the second instalment of their ‘Raiders Cup’ challenge.

Before that, Marshall’s men travel west to take on lowly Bristol, looking to complete a four-game sweep of wins over the Pitbulls.

Phillips will miss both games due to suspenion, but Romford know with Oliver they have a man only too ready to help out the cause.

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