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Raiders 'will be ready'

PUBLISHED: 16:48 23 December 2010

Romford Raiders Jason Buckman became a dad at the weekend

Romford Raiders Jason Buckman became a dad at the weekend

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Leone targets Essex derby

Romford Raiders captain Anthony Leone wants to start 2011 with a bang.

Leone was frustrated to see last weekend’s ENL clashes with Cardiff and his former club Invicta wiped out by the wintry weather.

And he wants to ensure a warm welcome for Essex rivals Chelmsford at Rom Valley Way on January 2.

He said: “I was gutted not to play at the weekend. Invicta were a couple of key men down, but saying that, we probably would’ve been without Jason Buckman after the birth of his daughter and I think Pierre [Wilhelmsson] was struggling with a bit of flu.

“It was a shame really not to play, but hopefully the fans will all have a very happy Christmas and come down and cheer us on against Chelmsford.”

A last-gasp Danny Hammond goal earned Chieftains a point on their last visit, but Leone feels Raiders have had a good first half to the season.

He added: “Considering it’s been a brand new team, we’ve done quite well against the big teams so far.

“We’ve had a couple of bad results, but apart from that, we’ve had a lot of good results.

“We may strengthen up in the new year and hopefully we’ll get into the play-offs.”

Raiders will skate on Tuesday night and again on Thursday in readiness for their return to action, but Leone says he will be out training before.

“I’ll probably do a run on Boxing Day. You’ve got to really, to get rid of the turkey!”

Team owner Ollie Oliver passed on his congratulations to Jason Buckman, after his wife gave birth in the early hours of Saturday.

“Mr & Mrs Buckman are proud to announce the birth of Darcy Mai, weighing 6lb 12oz,” said Oliver.

“Both mother and baby are doing well. Everyone within the Raiders organisation would like to wish the Buckman family all the very best.”

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