Raiders look to keep run going

PUBLISHED: 09:06 30 November 2012

Tempers flare in the Essex derby

Tempers flare in the Essex derby


Our guide to the weekend’s ice hockey fixtures

Saturday, National League Division 1

Bracknell v Romford Raiders (6pm)

Raiders go in search of their 12th successive league win this season against the Hornets.

They maintained their 100 per cent record with wins over Cardiff (15-5) and Chelmsford (3-2) last weekend, but have lost Jason Buckman to a shoulder injury until the new year.

Bracknell slipped to a 5-2 defeat against Streatham in south London, but managed to hold the Isle of Wight to a 3-3 draw only two weeks ago and cannot be taken lightly on their own ice.

Sunday, National League Division 1

Romford Raiders v Isle of Wight (5.15pm)

The winners of this latest ‘Battle of the Raiders’ at Rom Valley Way will top the table going into next week.

Wight currently occupy first place by two points, but second-placed Romford have three games in hand.

And the defending champions have won both previous meetings between these sides in Essex this term, following a 7-2 success in their Raiders Cup Challenge with a 4-2 win in the South East Trophy.

That October 21 victory was not enough to book a place in the final of the trophy, but Romford will be keen to keep their hopes of league silverware alive in this encounter.

Saturday, National League Division 2

Romford Fury v Cardiff (5.15pm)

Fury ended their four-game winless streak with a hard-fought success at Basingstoke last weekend.

Sean Martin netted a hat-trick and Matt Brown was also on target, as James Tanner impressed between the pipes.

And Romford will be keen for revenge against their Welsh rivals, having slipped to a 6-2 defeat in Cardiff a few weeks ago, when defenceman Rob Veares suffered a dislocated shoulder after an early hit from behind which went unpunished by the officials.

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