Raiders completed the expected double over Invicta Dynamos with Sundays 8-3 win being in front of a large and clearly appreciative crowd. Many getting to grips with their brand new Vevuzelas (the fans, not the players). With a decent lead the Raiders opted to ice some of the prospects as Tommy Huggett, Brandon Webster and Callum Burnett saw some ice time and netminder Brad Windebank played the entire second 30 minutes.
Missing Julian Smith and Ollie Baldock the Raiders depth showed throughout despite the visitors getting the first goal.
On Saturday whilst the Raiders took a 4-1 win at Invicta the 2’s played the 2nd division league leaders Chelmsford in front of what was another healthy crowd as it appears the fine folk of Romford are at last coming to their senses and getting into the best game in town. A close fought 4-6 loss will have given the 2’s and the rest of the junior system a lot to be proud of. Missing their “import” at very late notice and without the recovering Alan Lack the difference between the teams was very little, except in average age and experience.
Next weekend (26th / 27th Jan) Raiders 2 host the Slough Jets at the Sapphire on Saturday as they too rebuild their system after a significant rink refurbishment. The Jets recently took two points from Chelmsford so this one promises to be close as well.
THe Raiders (1) will be in Milton Keynes on Saturday (26th) evening and then host Swindon on Sunday (27th) in what will be a massive game to determine whether the long winning streak was a fluke or whether they can repeat the two wins over Swindon during December.
Two days, two teams, two leagues, two cracking home games at the fabulous Sapphire this weekend for Raiders fans.