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Raiders begin with a bang

PUBLISHED: 12:36 03 January 2011

Raiders celebrate a goal

Raiders celebrate a goal

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Derby delight for Danny’s boys

Romford Raiders got 2011 off to a great start with derby success over Chelmsford last night.

Slovakian Juraj Huska’s straight hat-trick helped Raiders, who were without Swedish defenceman Pierre Wilhelmsson, to a 6-3 triumph at Rom Valley Way in front of a large holiday crowd.

Player-coach Danny Marshall sealed the points with an empty-net goal, 18 seconds from time, and will have been delighted with the efforts of his entire squad in the latest battle of Essex.

Less than four minutes had been played when captain Anthony Leone fired Romford into the lead and Huska’s first-time shot at the far post, after Marshall and Frankie Harvey had combined, doubled the advantage at 12:44.

Alex Green replied for Chieftains before the break, after a scramble in front of Michael Gray’s net, and Aaron Connolly’s wrist shot beat an unsighted Gray to level it up just before the midway mark.

Raiders regained the lead, though, in a penalty-littered affair, with a stunning shot from the left wing and gave the hosts some breathing space when breaking clear to outwit Euan King and complete his treble in the 47th minute.

Harvey’s backhand shot made it 5-2, as Romford enjoyed a spell of 5-on-3 and although Tom Long replied for the visitors with just under two minutes left, the decision to remove King for an extra attacker backfired as Marshall sent the puck from his own blueline and into the vacant net to the delight of the noisy home fans.

Scorers, Romford: Juraj Huska 3+1 Danny Marshall 1+3 Frankie Harvey 1+2 Anthony Leone 1 Joe Allen 0+1 AJ Smith 0+1 Jason Buckman 0+1 Julian Smith 0+1.

Chelmsford: Aaron Connolly 1+1 Alex Green 1+1 Tom Long 1 Matt Turner 0+1 Ross Brears 0+1 Danny Hammond 0+1.


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