Tough weekend says Leone

PUBLISHED: 17:55 29 March 2011

Raiders captain Anthony Leone

Raiders captain Anthony Leone


Raiders captain ‘feared worst’

Romford Raiders captain Anthony Leone felt his side got what they deserved in the English National League at the weekend.

A 3-3 derby draw at Chelmsford was followed by a 7-2 win over Oxford at Rom Valley Way to leave Raiders on course for a third-place finish in the table.

Raiders host Cardiff on Saturday (5.15pm) before visiting Invicta in their last game of the regular season, but have a mounting injury list.

Leone said: “It was a tough weekend and we’ve got so many injuries now.

“We wanted to win at Chelmsford to try and finish second, but when Michael [Gray] went off I feared the worst.”

Goalie Gray limped out of the Essex derby with a knee injury, with Raiders 2-0 down after the first period.

But Glen Jackson came in and made 25 saves to help Romford fight back.

Leone added: “Give Glen his due, he stood on his head and did really well.

“It got a bit heated at times but we showed we’ve got enough to come back in games.”

Oxford jumped into a 2-0 lead the following night, but Leone was among the goalscorers as Romford mounted another fightback.

He added: “Oxford came out and tried to rough us up like they did at their place. It was a bit chippy and we were shaky again in the first period. We need to get ourselves going, get this weekend over with, then we can focus on the play-offs.”

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