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Tough weekend says Leone

PUBLISHED: 17:55 29 March 2011

Raiders captain Anthony Leone

Raiders captain Anthony Leone

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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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