Raiders want ‘revenge’ in cup final
PUBLISHED: 17:10 29 March 2013
We’re up for derby battle says Kemp
Romford Raiders goalie Shane Kemp says his team will be looking for “revenge” when they play Chelmsford Chieftains in the National League Cup final this weekend.
The two-legged showdown comes just two weeks after Raiders were embarrassed by their arch rivals on their own Rom Valley Way ice.
A crushing 8-1 home defeat put an end to the Raiders chances of defending their league title and all but clinched top spot for the Chieftains.
Raiders host the first leg tomorrow (Saturday), before the return at the Riverside Ice Arena tomorrow.
And Kemp is relishing the opportunity to put the record straight with another piece of silverware on the line.
He said: “It’s always a big one and always the one you look forward to.
“You always look down the fixture list to see when you’ll be playing teams like Chelmsford.”
Kemp is also eager to win a medal and thinks that despite the result in their last meeting it could go Romford’s way this time.
He added: “It would be great to get a piece of silverware behind us but I think no matter what it’s going to be a good hard exciting game.
“Both teams are going to want it and after the way they beat us last time they are going to be confident. But I think there’s everything to play for and that league form doesn’t matter in the cup – I’m excited.
“I think the whole team are up for it. The whole squad came to training which is new to us. Everyone’s there and everyone is ready.”
Kemp believes player-coach Danny Marshall will use the recent heavy defeat to fire up his side.
Marshall has sat out the last three matches, but Kemp added: “Marsh won’t let us forget that last Chelmsford game, we’re still pretty fresh from that pasting.
“We’ll definitely use it to motivate. To lose like that in front of our own fans doesn’t go down well with anyone and we feel that we owe them one.
“It was a painful loss and it definitely hurt losing by such a margin. We’re out for revenge – we’re out to rectify.”
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