Raiders trophy reign ends
PUBLISHED: 12:49 22 October 2012
Victory not enough for final place
Romford Raiders lost their grip on the South East Trophy despite victory over the Isle of Wight last night.
The holders skated to a 4-2 win at Rom Valley Way but had needed a five-goal margin to book a place in January’s two-legged final.
Their namesakes from Ryder will now go on to meet Chelmsford for the silverware in the new year.
Romford, beaten 4-0 on the island a week earlier, made a fine start as Shaun Yardley netted inside the opening minute.
But Jiri Hanzal levelled midway through the first period with a powerplay goal, after Andrius Kaminskas was called for tripping.
Yardley restored Romford’s lead with the only goal of the middle sessions, but Wight goalie Matt Colclough turned aside 16 other shots to frustrate the hosts.
Jeremy Cornish squared matters once more with less than 10 minutes remaining, but Juraj Huska restored Romford’s lead just six seconds later.
Danny Marshall made it 4-2 with eight minutes still to play, but Romford could not beat Colclough again.
Meanwhile, Romford Fury produced two stunning fightbacks to earn draws against Bristol and Chelmsford in National League Division Two at the weekend.
Trailing 6-3 against the Pitbulls at Rom Valley Way on Saturday, Fury netted three times in the last 66 seconds to earn a share of the spoils.
And they dug deep again in their Essex derby the following night, after finding themselves 3-0 down against Chelmsford Warriors.
Romanas Fedotovas took the man of the match award as the match ended in a 4-4 tie.