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Raiders ‘deserved’ derby spoils

PUBLISHED: 12:55 04 January 2011

Romford Raiders Anthony Leone

Romford Raiders Anthony Leone

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Leone hails 6-3 win over Chieftains

Romford Raiders captain Anthony Leone says his side were worthy winners against Chelmsford on Sunday.

Leone opened the scoring in the 6-3 success at Rom Valley Way and believed the early goal was key.

He said: “We got off to a good start. When we get that first goal, we normally end up on top.

“I think there’s only been once this season when we haven’t [scored first] and it was a brilliant result for us.

“We definitely outplayed them, outskated and outhit them and our goalie [Michael Gray] stood on his head.”

Gray made 35 saves in the home goal, while former Raiders goalie Euan King was beaten three times by Juraj Huska and once by Frankie Harvey at the other end before Danny Marshall added a late empty-net strike.

Leone had a good chance to score a second of his own, but was beaten by a bobbling puck and the buzzer at the end of the second period.

He added: “I’ve been practising a move in training and I wanted to try it, but the puck just wouldn’t sit down for me!

“Juraj did really well again, though. I thought he’d scored his fourth hat-trick in a row, but he said it was his fifth!”

And Leone is hoping Raiders, now unbeaten in six games, can maintain their form at Milton Keynes on Sunday.

“Milton Keynes, on their own ice, will be a hard game, so we won’t take them lightly,” he said.


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