Raiders hit for six
PUBLISHED: 12:19 10 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:19 10 January 2016
National League Cup: London Raiders 2 Chelmsford 6
London Raiders were sent to their fourth successive defeat ast Chelmsford hit six at Lee Valley last night.
The hosts lined up for cup action without Frankie Harvey, Liam Chong and Rob Jenner and failed to capitalise on a powerplay chance when Darren Brown was binned for boarding.
And Chieftains took charge of proceedings with two goals in the space of just 11 seconds, as former Raiders Matt Turner and Anthony Leone both beat the returning Michael Gray.
An interference penalty against Julian Smith gave Raiders another powerplay chance in the second period and they halved the deficit through former Chelmsford junior Bailey Chittock.
And it was all square just over a minute later as Seb Downing struck against his older club.
Chieftains regained the lead just before the midway mark through Slovakian hot-shot Juraj Huska and went 4-2 up with just 45 seconds left in the session as Ross Brears struck.
That left Raiders with a mountain to climb in the final stanza and Chelmsford ended the tie as a contest when Brown converted in the 48th minute.
Danny Hammond was binned for interference with just under five minutes remaining and Chieftains completed the scoring with a shorthanded goal from Grant Bartlett on the breakaway.
Raiders return to National League action on Sunday as they visit Oxford Stars. The match faces off at 6.15pm.
Scorers, Raiders: Bailey Chittock 1 Seb Downing 1 Tom Davis 0+1 Michael Gray 0+1 Michal Oravec 0+1 Mark Robinson 0+1.
Chelmsford: Matt Turner 1+1 Anthony Leone 1+1 Grant Bartlett 1+1 Juraj Huska* 1 Ross Brears 1 Darren Brown Lukas Zatoke* 0+2 Cameron Bartlett 0+1 Sean Barry 0+1 Danny Hammond 0+1 Alex Staples 0+1 James Ayling 0+1.
*Lee Valley Lions ended up well beaten at Division Two rivals Peterborough.
They travelled with only 12 players and were behind after 70 seconds as former Raider Nathan Pollard beat James Tipple.
Lions held out until the 25th minute before conceding again, as Bradley Moore struck, before penalties against Simon Jones and Ashley Cave gave Islanders the chance to net powerplay goals through Jonathan Brammall and Clint Herring.
The home side went 5-0 up through Herring in the 36th minute, but Lions – who were outshot 66-24 – held firm until the closing stages when Ryan Fraley (56:05) and Connor Stokes (59:42) gave the final scoreline some added gloss.