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Raiders ‘made hard work of it’ says Smith

PUBLISHED: 12:11 16 September 2011

Billy Phillips

Billy Phillips

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Injured defenceman reflects on Slough clash

Romford Raiders defenceman Julian Smith remains a frustrated onlooker as he finalises his recovery from a shoulder injury.

But he was able to get a better look from the Rom Valley Way stands as his teammates saw off the challenge on Slough in a 6-2 win on Sunday.

He said: “We made hard work of it in the first two periods, but we were never going to lose.

“It was tighter than it should’ve been, but we finished stronger than we started.

“We’ve got so much depth, in the third period we can run teams ragged.

“All the lads felt it was never in doubt we’d win, but Slough have got a few players who have played at EPL level and are a team who could surprise a few others and turn them over this season.”

Smith took part in the warm-up and feels he is getting stronger each day, but he does not want to jeopardise his season by returning to action too soon.

He added: “Day to day there are little signs it is getting better. It feels fine when I’m in the gym doing strengthening work and I just want to get out on the ice.

“It’s very frustrating. Guys play through injuries all the time and I feel a bit guilty, but I don’t want to rush it and would rather sit out a few more and then be strong for the rest of the season.”


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