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Raiders to help break new ice

PUBLISHED: 09:07 07 January 2012

Streatham's new home in Brixton

Streatham's new home in Brixton

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Historic clash in Brixton

Romford Raiders will help to make a bit of ice hockey history in south London today (Saturday, 4.30pm).

Danny Marshall’s men take on basement boys Streatham at Planet Ice Brixton, in the first senior match to be played at the new rink.

Redskins were forced to move after their 81-year-old building on the high street was closed and signed off with a 10-3 win over MK Thunder before Christmas.

Former Raiders coach Warren Rost is patrolling the Redskins blue line once again, having made his debut for the club in 1986.

He said: “I think it’s time for a change. The old place served us all very well, but the neglect has taken its toll.

“It’s a new chapter for the club. I don’t think it would have seen its centenary without a new facility, now I think it will and won’t that be something.”

Current Redskins coach Barry Spours added: “The facilities are great and little things like warm showers, straight boards and good quality ice make such a difference.

“The only problem I forsee is that most teams usually hate playing against us at home, but with this rink, they will now look forward to it.”

Raiders only played at the old Streatham rink five times, beating the second string Bruins (10-3) in Heineken Division Two in January 1988, thanks to hat-tricks from Gord Jeffrey and Adam Anderson.

Redskins were a Premier Division team at the time, but hosted Raiders in Division One in November 1993, when Dave Bankoske netted a treble and young goalie Paul Cast shone in Romford’s 6-1 success.

Raiders won 7-5 on their return in March 1994, with Bankoske and Ronnie Evans-Harvey nabbing braces, as Brad Scott, player-coach Terry Kurtenbach and Ben Pitchley also found the net.

But it was almost 17 years until they met again in the old building and Raiders needed a late goal from player-coach Marshall to record a 3-2 win last February, before being held to a 3-3 draw in March.

Streatham this week snapped up Andy Cox and Dax Hedges following Oxford’s withdrawal from the league and the pair are set to make their debuts against Raiders.

And Romford supporters thinking of travelling to south London are advised to take the train.

Brixton tube station is a two-minute walk from the rink, while the mainline station is even closer.

With Brixton market taking place on Saturdays, the area will be very busy and parking in the town centre could prove difficult.

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