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Raiders on cloud nine

PUBLISHED: 12:39 12 November 2012

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Defending champions take over at top

Romford Raiders took over at the top of the National League Division One table after notching up a ninth successive win last night.

Having been made to work hard for a 5-2 success at MK Thunder on Saturday, where Shaun Yardley netted twice and Danny Marshall, Tom Davis and Juraj Huska also struck, the defending champions romped to a 14-3 triumph over Streatham at Rom Valley Way.

Redskins, having given Romford a scare on the first day of the season before falling to a 7-6 defeat, opened the scoring on their latest visit through former Raider Joe Allen in the fourth minute.

But Marshall and Grant Taylor, with a superb solo effort, netted 42 seconds apart to put the home side ahead at the first break.

And Raiders struck seven more times in a stunning second period to take firm control of the match.

Huska and Marshall beat Will Sanderson in the space of 44 seconds to make it 4-1, before Taylor and Ryan Giles added another quickfire brace.

Joe Johnston replied with a powerplay goal for the visitors, but Raiders scored three times in just 40 seconds in the final minute of the period to move 9-2 up.

Huska grabbed his second, before AJ Smith potted a pair to leave Redskins shellshocked.

Sanderson was replaced by Stefan Neubert for the final period and Ed Temple claimed a third Streatham goal early on.

But Huska took Raiders into double figures when completing his hat-trick and Andrius Kaminskas scored twice in 10 seconds to make it 12-3.

Frankie Harvey added a goal to his four assists before man of the match Taylor rounded off his treble just 21 seconds later to complete the scoring.

But there was more excitement on the buzzer as Billy Phillips dropped the gloves to trade blows with Romford old boy Tyrone Miller, which saw both players pick up double minors for roughing.

Raiders do not play next weekend, but return to action with another home match against Cardiff on November 24 before visiting Essex rivals Chelmsford the following night.

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