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Raiders looking at third

PUBLISHED: 12:28 28 March 2011

Raiders player-coach Danny Marshall

Raiders player-coach Danny Marshall

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Derby draw hits runner-up hopes

Romford Raiders look set to finish in third place in the English National League after a three-point weekend.

Danny Marshall’s men hit back from two goals down to draw their Essex derby at Chelmsford, despite losing starting goalie Michael Gray with a knee injury after the first period.

And they rallied from another slow start against Oxford at Rom Valley Way last night to skate to a 7-2 win.

But Chelmsford go into the final weekend of the season with a one-point advantage in the race for second place and face bottom two Swindon and Bristol, while Raiders host Cardiff on Saturday and visit struggling Invicta.

Former Raiders Tom Long and Alex Green put Chieftains 2-0 up at the Riverside, but Jason Buckman’s long-range effort caught Ben Clements cold early in the second period.

Another Romford old boy, Danny Hammond, put the hosts 3-1 up and the scoreline remained unchanged for another 25 minutes, until Pierre Wilhelmsson’s powerplay goal gave Raiders hope.

Juraj Huska then grabbed Romford’s second shorthanded goal of the net to level and that was how it stayed, as Glen Jackson made 25 saves.

Ken Forshee put Oxford in front after only 33 seconds the following night and Gareth Endicott’s shot went in off Buckman’s skate to leave Raiders 2-0 down once more.

Marshall limped out of the action at the break, but Huska hit back soon after the restart.

Frankie Harvey netted twice in just over a minute to put Raiders ahead and Adam Smith added a fourth before the second interval.

Huska and captain Anthony Leone struck 104 seconds apart to make it 6-2 before Harvey completed his hat-trick with the final goal of the night.

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