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Raiders blanked by Bainborough

PUBLISHED: 08:40 01 October 2012

Michael Gray returned to the Raiders net at the weekend

Michael Gray returned to the Raiders net at the weekend

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South East Trophy: Romford 0 Chelmsford 5

Romford Raiders could not find a way past young Chelmsford goalie Ryan Bainborough as they slumped to a disappointing derby defeat at Rom Valley Way last night.

Bainborough kept out all 51 shots that came in his way in a man of the match performance as Chieftains completed a trophy double over the holders.

Chelmsford had won 8-6 when the two sides met in a penalty-littered contest at the Riverside Arena earlier this season but went into this match without import defenceman Tibor Schneider, who had fired a hat-trick in that previous encounter.

Romford had goalie Michael Gray back between the pipes, but he was beaten three times on eight shots as Chieftains took control.

Julius Sinkovic opened the scoring in the 11th minute, then doubled Chelmsford’s lead on a 5-on-3 powerplay after Andrius Kaminskas and Julian Smith were penalised nine seconds apart.

Ross Brears added a third with Romford still shorthanded, signalling the end of Gray’s night, and Shane Kemp was beaten by Dan Wright and Gary Clarke towards the end of period as Chieftains moved 5-0 up.

Raiders dominated the shot count 51-27, but there was no beating Bainborough.

Romford had to come from two goals down to earn the league points at basement boys Solent on Saturday.

Craig Weedon beat Gray with only seven seconds gone to open the scoring and Kris Abbott made it 2-0 on the powerplay after calls against Jason Buckman and Grant Taylor.

Juraj Huska replied with a shorthanded effort, but Kent Johnson put Solent 3-1 up in the seventh minute.

Shaun Yardley and AJ Smith struck to get Raiders back on terms at the first break and the scoreline remained unchanged during the second period.

Johnson netted twice more to complete his hat-trick and put Solent 5-3 up in the final session, but Matt Turner gave Raiders hope and Tom Davis levelled on the powerplay with five minutes remaining.

Player-coach Danny Marshall netted a shorthanded winner less than a minute later.

*Romford Fury skated to a superb 5-4 win over the table-topping Isle of Wight Tigers in their National League Division Two match last night.

Fury raced into a 4-0 lead and held on for the points after the hosts mounted a fightback.

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