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Raiders coach remains positive

PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 October 2010

Grant Baxter and Jeremy Cornish fight

Grant Baxter and Jeremy Cornish fight

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Mixed fortunes for Marshall

Romford Raiders player-coach Danny Marshall was upbeat after a mixed weekend in the English National League.

Raiders skated to a 7-5 win in Cardiff last Saturday, with captain Anthony Leone firing a hat-trick, but fell to a 3-1 home defeat against the Isle of Wight the following night.

Marshall said: “It was pretty even the first two periods in Cardiff, with us shaking off our bus legs.

“Then Frankie [Harvey] got injured. I don’t think it was deliberate, it’s just in the game and we’ve all had them, it happens. But I changed the lines a bit in the third period and it paid off.”

Trailing 3-2, Raiders hit four unanswered goals, before Cardiff hit back in the closing minutes.

“We knew we had the game in the bag, but they got a couple of quick goals near the end. They’re awkward in their own rink and will upset a few teams.”

The scoreline remained blank until the 48th minute on Sunday, when the Isle of Wight finally got their noses in front on a powerplay.

James Murnane hit back with his second goal of the weekend, but Romford could not avoid a defeat, which ended their five-game unbeaten run.

“The Isle of Wight played well defensively,” added Marshall. “It was end-to-end stuff, but they had an easier game than us on the Saturday.

“Cardiff took its toll on our leading guys and we burnt out towards the end, but it’s still early in the season.

“They will turn teams over and I take nothing away from them. We beat them comfortably in their rink and made them battle right to the end, so I’m not too disheartened.”


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