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Romford player-coach aims to get season back on track

PUBLISHED: 15:30 29 November 2013

Raiders player-coach Danny Marshall

Raiders player-coach Danny Marshall

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Raiders player-coach Danny Marshall insists a double-header against Solent & Gosport Devils is the perfect opportunity for them to get their season back on track.

Marshall has new import Jakub Klima to call upon after arriving last week from Invicta, after Andrius Kaminskas hung up his skates through injury.

And with the new arrival in the camp, Marshall hopes the fresh start will see them kickstart their season, as they sit in sixth place in the table going into the fixtures.

“We’ve only had one training session, but Jakub seems to be settling in fine,” said Marshall. “He’s quite easy to get along with and now let’s hope the goals can start flowing.

“It won’t be easy without Andrius anymore as he’s a huge loss, he was the club. But it’s a new beginning and hopefully this is where our season will well and truly start.”

Tomorrow (Saturday) sees them host Gosport at Lee Valley, before the return fixture on Sunday against a side which sits eighth in the table, and though Marshall is wary of the challenge his side faces, he feels everything is set up for a four-point weekend.

“It won’t be easy, Gosport know how to play their own rink very well,” he said. “It’s the perfect opportunity for us to get our season going and to start moving up that table.”

The Raiders chief has felt it’s been difficult for the Lee Valley side to get going, with a lack of regular action.

But now, with games every weekend for the foreseeable future, he’s hoping it will result in a more consistent performance from his side.

“I don’t like to make excuses, but the season is 10 weeks old and we’ve only had five weekends of games,” he added.

“It’s difficult to get in a flow when it’s like that. The fixtures are every week now for a little while and hopefully we’ll begin to show everyone how good we are. It’s definitely been a factor and it doesn’t help when you are trying to get some consistency going.

“Things haven’t gone our way in certain games, but that is in the past now, we have got to get back down to work. We haven’t been far off all season, teams do try that little bit harder against us because of the history we have.”

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