Raiders hopes hit by Huska double
PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 December 2015
South East Trophy: London Raiders 3 Chelmsford Chieftains 5
Raiders suffered disappointment for the second night in succession after tasting defeat again at Lee Valley.
Beaten 3-1 by Invicta in their National League meeting on Saturday, Alan Blyth’s men welcomed the Chieftains for a rearranged South East Trophy fixture last night.
But despite taking a first-minute lead, they saw the visitors hit back with four unanswered goals to take control on their way to the points.
Raiders were without Liam Chong and Rio Grinell-Parke, but welcomed Rob Jenner back into their side, while Chelmsford arrived on the back of a 6-1 win over Streatham but were minus former Raiders Euan King, Julian Smith and Andrius Kaminskas, as well as Darren Brown and Ross Brears.
Former Romford junior Sonny Phillips started between the pipes for the visitors, but he was beaten after only 34 seconds as Marek Nahlik fired Raiders in front.
Chieftains had an effort ruled out by referee Phil O’Neill before drawing level in the 11th minute through ex-Raiders import Juraj Huska.
And the Slovakian struck again on a powerplay soon after, after Raiders goalie Michael Gray had been penalised for delaying the game.
Phillips denied Nahlik on a breakaway in the middle period, before Chieftains moved 3-1 up just past the midway point through James Ayling.
And the visitors claimed their fourth goal just 48 seconds later as Cameron Bartlett found the back of the net, assisted by Brandon Ayliffe.
Mason Webster netted the second Raiders goal with just 30 seconds left in the session, to give the home side a boost as they headed back to the locker-room.
And captain Tom Davis struck with just over four minutes of the final period gone, extending his point-scoring streak to 11 in six matches (five goals, six assists) to make it a one-goal game and raise those hopes further.
But Gray was the busier of the two goalies in the closing stanza, as Chieftains dominated the shot count 20-9, and the visitors had the final say as Grant Bartlett netted their fifth goal of the night with two minutes remaining.
Webster was named man of the match for Raiders, while Callum Wells took the award for Chieftains.
Scorers, Raiders: Mason Webster 1+1 Marek Nahlik* 1+1 Tom Davis 1 Frankie Harvey 0+2 Michal Oravec* 0+1.
Chieftains: Juraj Huska* 2 Grant Bartlett 1+1 Cameron Bartlett 1 James Ayling 1 Sean Barry 0+2 Alex Staples 0+2 Matt France 0+1 Anthony Leone 0+1 Brandon Ayliffe 0+1.
Penalty minutes: Raiders 4 Chieftains 8.
Shots on goal: Michael Gray (L) 42-5 Sonny Phillips (C) 30-3.