Raiders 'wanted record' says Leone
PUBLISHED: 15:05 16 February 2011 | UPDATED: 15:05 16 February 2011
Captain reflects on Wildcats mauling
Romford Raiders captain Anthony Leone has revealed the team wanted to notch up a club-record win over Swindon last weekend.
They were on course to surpass the 26-2 beating of Gosport during the 1997/8 campaign after 40 minutes of play, having built a 19-goal lead.
But Raiders came up three goals short in the end, as the Wildcats held them to a 23-2 victory.
Leone, one of five players to score a hat-trick in the romp, said: “We wanted to smash the record but just didn’t get there.
“It was good to see some of the third liners getting some goals too.
“After 10-0 we would normally shut the door, but we kept going and going.”
Slovakian ace Juraj Huska led the way with eight goals - and a record-equalling 12 points in all - while player-coach Danny Marshall was just one point behind with four goals and seven assists on the night.
Swedish defenceman Pierre Wilhelmsson was the only skater not to make it onto the scoresheet and Leone believes the team spirit in the dressing room is a vital component to the side’s ongoing success.
He said: “I’ve never been on a team that gets on so well before. I think it’s why we’re doing so well.”
Raiders extended their winning streak to 11 games with a 7-2 success in Oxford and host MK Thunder on Saturday, before the short trip to south London to take on Streatham on Sunday.