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Raiders old boys lift Premier prize

PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 April 2015

Jason Buckman celebrates with his family after winning the EPL play-off title with Peterborough (pic: Tom Scott/amoimages.com)

Jason Buckman celebrates with his family after winning the EPL play-off title with Peterborough (pic: Tom Scott/amoimages.com)

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Duo help Peterborough to play-off title

Jason Buckman celebrates winning the EPL play-off final (pic: Tom Scott/amoimages.com)Jason Buckman celebrates winning the EPL play-off final (pic: Tom Scott/amoimages.com)

Former Raiders Jason Buckman and Darius Pliskauskas helped Peterborough lift the English Premier League play-off crown in Coventry at the weekend.

Lithuanian Pliskauskas netted twice as Phantoms beat league champions Telford 4-2 in their semi-final on Saturday and picked up an assist as they defeated Manchester 5-2 in Sunday’s final to deny the legendary Tony Hand a winning send-off in the final match of his illustrious career.

And Buckman admitted it was a special occasion, saying: “It was an unbelievable weeked, finally winning the trophy I never thought I’d get the chance to win.

“Ironically, the last time I was in Coventry was the first play-off finals 10 years ago. We beat Romford in the semi-finals and I scored the game winner to send us to the final to play Milton Keynes, which we lost.

“But after four really successful seasons with Raiders winning trophies, I have a lot to thank them for.

“I’ve come back to Peterborough still playing a utility/defensive role which I played for Raiders and that’s enabled me to fit perfectly back into a style that has made us successful this season.”

Buckman played 226 matches in four-and-a-half seasons with Raiders, scoring 20 goals and 101 assists, while Pliaskauskas managed 26 goals and 14 assists in just 23 appearances in 2009/10.

Buckman added: “I’ve kept close tabs on Raiders this year and the struggles they had in the off-season.

“I’m really happy to see John Scott has steadied the ship along with the die-hard fans and the Raiders are continuing to grow in strength since the move away from Rom Valley Way. Good luck to them this weekend!”


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