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Raiders captain Roberts over the moon with Peterborough victory

PUBLISHED: 13:00 21 November 2018

Raiders NIHL 2 captain Sam Roberts (Pic: Nicola Day)

Raiders NIHL 2 captain Sam Roberts (Pic: Nicola Day)

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Everyone Active Raiders NIHL 2 captain Sam Roberts is over the moon about his side’s 5-2 victory away to Peterborough Phantoms NIHL 2.

A brace from George Gell and goals from Ewan Hill, Alan Lack and Matt Brown secured the two points for the Romford-based club at Planet Ice Peterborough.

“Over the moon is an understatement, I’m still buzzing from that one,” the 29-year-old said.

“When we all do our jobs and play as a team we can compete with any team in my opinion we just out skated them and put the puck in the net.”

In-form George Gell gave the visitors the lead midway through the first period, but was then given a minor penalty for a late hit early in the second session.

And the home side levelled during the power play, as Ray Almgren beat Brad Windebank.

Ewan Hill restored the Raiders lead just before the midway mark and Matt Brown put them 3-1 up in the final minute of the middle session.

Gell then grabbed his second and Raiders fourth goal of the night within a minute of the restart, before Samuel Austin was given a 2+10 penalty for boarding.

Raiders extended their advantage while shorthanded, as Alan Lack made it 5-1, but Bailey Chittock and Lack then fell foul of the officials to earn slashing and cross-checking penalties.

And that allowed Peterborough to claim a second power play goal of the night through Jake Samal, although it proved only a consolation.

The captain Roberts had plenty of praise for young forward duo Gell after he found the net twice in the match.

“George is a great young player who has lovely hands and a good eye for putting the puck in the net, which is great so let’s just hope he keeps it up but definitely a decent addition to the team.”

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