Raiders NIHL 2 take on London rivals Haringey Huskies

PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 October 2018

Sam Roberts fires goalwards (pic John Scott)

Sam Roberts fires goalwards (pic John Scott)


Everyone Active Raiders NIHL 2 will return to action when they take on London rivals Haringey Huskies this weekend, writes Jacob Ranson.

The new-look side will welcome Dan Sampson’s men to the Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre on Saturday (5.15pm) for a clash that bolsters a lot of former team-mates and old club links.

The Romford-based club have captain Sam Roberts, forward Matt Brown and defenceman Rob Veares, who have all spent time playing at Alexandra Palace, mostly for the Racers, who are now defunct.

Meanwhile, the Huskies ranks boast former Romford juniors Ben Osborne, Stephen Woodford, Mark Robinson, Sam Park and Sebastian Downing.

Most of those making appearances for the Raiders or Romford’s other former Division Two sides (Fury and Spitfires) over the years – not forgetting goalie Harry Buckingham and Jack Lee – also spent time with the club in recent years.

General manager Lee Mercer also spent time with Romford Fury before moving back to north London.

Raiders captain Roberts feels with so many links between the two sides it should make the encounter a feisty one especially with both sides wanting the points.

“It’s always exciting playing an old club and lots of familiar faces, but it’s definitely one I want to take some points from,” he said.

“We’re prepared and focused, we had good training on Wednesday and have some good set-plays coming together.

“It will be a tough one as they’re a good team but hopefully it’s not as feisty as the Chelmsford game.”

Huskies coach Sampson is also looking forward to returning to his boyhood club and admits they will be an unknown quality.

“Raiders are new in this year so you can’t read too much into them, but for a few of the guys in our room, myself included, it’s going back to where we started,” he told the Huskies audioboom channel.

“It’s not quite Rom Valley Way, but we’re looking forward to going there, and hopefully we’ll come away with two points.”

Latest Romford Sports News

20 minutes ago

Leyton Orient and Dagenham & Redbridge have both been handed away ties in the second round of the FA Trophy.


Dagenham & Redbridge goalkeeper Lewis Moore feels he has shown manager Peter Taylor what he is capable of as they sealed a 1-0 victory over Ebbsfleet United in his competitive debut.


It was the fighting spirit of Romford’s very own ‘Dinosaur’ Michael Barnard that saw him through a marathon see-saw first round tie with Jose De Sousa at the William Hill PDC World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace.

The NR F1 Podcast reviews the 2018 Formula 1 season – with Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes top of the pile, plus some exiting developments awaiting in 2019.

Everyone Active Raiders extended their winning streak in National League Division One to five matches after a tense and tetchy contest with the Wildcats.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

First-half goals from Snodgrass and Antonio settle matters for Hammers

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Tom Potter saw red on another disappointing day for Romford as a heavy defeat at the hands of Heybridge sent them closer to the foot of the table.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

FA Trophy: Ebbsfleet United 0 Dagenham & Redbridge 1


From November, The Mercury in Romford begins to celebrate Christmas. The mall has plenty of gift ideas, fun events and activities for everyone

Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

News from your area

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now