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Raider Pierre hit by pneumonia

PUBLISHED: 11:31 01 January 2011

Raiders defenceman Pierre Wilhelmsson

Raiders defenceman Pierre Wilhelmsson

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Import to miss Chelmsford clash

Romford Raiders have been rocked by the news Pierre Wilhelmsson has been suffering with pneumonia during the festive break.

Defenceman Wilhelmsson is back in the UK after spending Christmas in his native Sweden, but will miss the Essex derby against Chelmsford on Sunday (5.15pm).

Player-coach Danny Marshall backs his team, nonetheless, to get something out of their 2011 opener at Rom Valley Way.

He said: “Pierre has been ill for a few weeks and probably would not have played in the games against Cardiff and Invicta [which were postponed after heavy snowfall made travelling difficult.

“He is back here now, but has had pneumonia and taking a hit like that, will have to build up his fitness again.

“We’ll only have one import [Juraj Huska] this weekend, but we’ve got the guys to do a job. David Oliver has stepped up for me before this season and is more than capable of doing it again.

“Chelmsford is a must-win game for us and it’s time we turned them over. Losing 1-0 at their place hurt and the 3-3 draw at our place, when they scored in the last few seconds, also hurt.

“Luck hasn’t been on our side so far, but we can definitely do it.”

Unbeaten in their last five outings, Raiders currently trail their neighbours by three points in ENL Division One, having played a game more.

And Marshall wants them to keep their momentum to increase the pressure on leaders Isle of Wight and Invicta.

“We’re not in a bad position, but we know we’ve got to work twice as hard now,” he said.

“I want us to go up the table and the top three have got to hold their positions with us at their heels.”


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