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Raiders rue late call-off

PUBLISHED: 13:28 10 January 2011 | UPDATED: 14:15 10 January 2011

Anthony Leone was player of the month for November and December

Anthony Leone was player of the month for November and December

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Leone leads ‘spying’ mission

Romford Raiders captain Anthony Leone was disappointed to see his side’s clash at MK Thunder postponed last night.

But the late call-off gave the 28-year-old the chance to go on a scouting mission.

“We were all there, but there was no way we could play,” said Leone.

“We got there and there was a kids game running late. The manager came up to us and said the Zamboni was broken and it was like snow all over the ice.

“It was gutting not to play, but the other results went for us, apart from Invicta winning last night.

“I went to watch Chelmsford against the Isle of Wight and it was the best result [a 4-4 draw] for us.

“Isle of Wight ran out of steam towards the end. [Jeremy] Cornish wasn’t playing as he was ill, but it was a good game.”

Chelmsford, 7-2 winners over Invicta the night before, moved four points clear of Raiders, but have played more games.

And Leone believes the title race is really hotting up.

He added: “It’s still wide open. We’ve got games in hand and know what we’ve got to do.

“Saturday [at home against Invicta] is a must-win game for us. It’s really tight at the top now, but we can be contenders.”

The weekend was not a complete write-off for Raiders, though, as they enjoyed a light-hearted challenge match against Finnish side Hernesaaren NaaDat Miehet at Rom Valley Way.

Former Raiders Timo Kauhanen, Jaakko Komulainen, Jani Lehtovaara, Ville Lilja, Antti Makikyro and Tedy Salutskij helped the tourists to an 11-10 success, but Leone added: “They looked good and it was good fun, but not too serious. I wanted to win though!”


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