Raiders ‘robbed’ says Marshall

PUBLISHED: 23:32 05 November 2010

Derby defeat tough to take

Raiders player-coach Danny Marshall was left to feel very hard done by after his side slipped to a slender derby loss.

Marshall had a goal ruled out, after referee Yuri Solosjovs ruled his stick had been above shoulder height when it knocked a loose puck into the net.

And the 33-year-old was then left bloodied in the first period by a high stick from Blaho Novak, who excaped any form of punishment from the officials.

He said: “I felt we were a little bit robbed on Saturday.

“We had a goal disallowed which shouldn’t have been and I also got a high stick in the face, which chipped a tooth and cut my lip.

“But the referee didn’t want to call anything. He didn’t want to stop the game to clean up the blood!

“He said it was a high stick [for the disallowed goal]. I know where I hit the puck from, but these things happen.”

Goalies Ben Clements and Michael Gray shared centre stage with a series of saves as the two sides searched for a go-ahead strike.

Gray produced a dazzling glove save to deny Danny Hammond in the middle period, while Clements received help from an alert defence, who cleared any rebounds before Raiders could capitalise.

The deadlock was eventually broken early in the final period when Gray denied another Chelmsford breakaway, but although Jason Buckman intercepted a Ross Brears pass, the puck fell kindly for Aaron Connolly to convert from close range.

Romford were continually frustrated at the other end of the rink, but were given a late powerplay chance when Novak was belatedly ejected with a match penalty for another high-sticking infringement.

With just over three minutes remaining in the match, they also pulled Gray for an extra skater to create a two-man advantage for the last 50 seconds.

But the home side held firm to register the first shutout in Essex derby history.

“A draw would’ve been justified. We were an import down while they were at full strength, but they’re coming to us this weekend and they’re beatable,” added Marshall.

“We know what to expect now. We’ve played the top three teams in the last three games and it has been hard to swallow [losing all three games].

“But we’ve had time to reflect and can take some positives. Mike [Gray] is playing really well in goal and doing a great job for us and I expect him to carry that on. He’s playing with a lot of confidence.”

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