Raiders title hopes hit

PUBLISHED: 11:36 11 March 2013 | UPDATED: 11:36 11 March 2013

Romford Raiders captain Julian Smith

Romford Raiders captain Julian Smith


Invicta 7 Romford Raiders 3

Romford Raiders saw their National League title hopes hit by defeat against the Dynamos last night.

The defending champions had skated to a 9-3 win over Invicta in a cup tie at Rom Valley Way on Saturday.

But it was a different story with league points on the line in Gillingham.

Former Raiders goalie Andy Moffat shone between the posts for the hosts, having replaced David Wride in the line-up, and made 17 saves in a goalless opening period.

Invicta’s Peter Vaisanen broke the deadlock with a powerplay goal, but Matt Turner levelled soon after when the home side were reduced to four skaters.

Vaisanen’s second goal of the night was cancelled out by Shaun Yardley but the home side edged in front for a third time with just six seconds left in the middle period as Andy Smith beat Shane Kemp.

Smith struck again after the restart to make it 4-2, but Romford’s AJ Smith responded with a powerplay goal at 47:01.

Raiders joy was shortlived, though, as Tyrone Miller netted against his former club to make it 5-3 and late efforts from Callum Fowler and Nicky Lewis allowed Invicta to finish well clear.

Defeat saw Raiders drop to third place, two points adrift of leaders Chelmsford, who have a game in hand.

The two Essex rivals meet at Rom Valley Way on Sunday, but Raiders will need help from other teams if they are to defend their title now.

Scorers, Invicta: Peter Vaisanen 2+2 Andy Smith 2+1 Tyrone Miller 1+2 Callum Fowler 1+2 Nicky Lewis 1 Justin Noble 0+1 Jack Tarczycki 0+1 Adam Copland 0+1 Tim Smith 0+1 Aaron Strawson 0+1.

Romford: Matt Turner 1+2 AJ Smith 1+1 Shaun Yardley 1+1 Julian Smith 0+2.

Shots on goal: Andy Moffat (Invicta) 45 Shane Kemp (Romford) 42.

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