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Raiders slip down table

PUBLISHED: 13:02 19 November 2012

Billy Phillips and Tyrone Miller tussle in Romford's last outing

Billy Phillips and Tyrone Miller tussle in Romford's last outing

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Rivals take advantage as champions rest

Romford Raiders slipped from first to fourth in National League Division One last night.

But there was little the defending champions could do about it, as they were forced to sit out the action.

Raiders had taken over at the top of the table with a ninth successive win the previous weekend, but had a break in their schedule – and their rivals made the most of it.

The Isle of Wight took over at the summit, following a 7-1 home win over Streatham with a 3-3 draw in Bracknell.

Romford’s Essex rivals Chelmsford now occupy second place after their 6-3 triumph at Invicta, while Cardiff climbed into third with back-to-back victories over Bracknell (4-2) and basement boys Solent (5-4).

Raiders lie only two points off top spot, though, and have three games in hand on the leaders with a home return against Cardiff at Rom Valley Way on Saturday.

They visit Chelmsford for the first time in league play on Sunday, having suffered an 8-6 defeat at the Riverside in the South East Trophy back in September, when Chieftains netted seven powerplay goals and a late empty-netter.

Romford Fury slipped to a 3-1 defeat at Oxford in Division Two last night.

Matt Brown cancelled out Darren Elliott’s opener just before the midway mark.

But the home side regained the lead with a powerplay goal from Nick Oliver less than two minutes later.

And Oliver sealed the points for his side in the 56th minute.

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