A depleted Raiders suffered a narrow 4-3 defeat to Bees IHC on Bank Holiday as late penalties proved costly at Slough Ice Arena.
Head coach Sean Easton was left without a number of players due to Covid and personal reasons as they returned to action following the cancellation of their clash with Swindon Wildcats due to an outbreak among the squad.
Eight minutes into the match youngster Harvey Briggs, who was called up from Romford Junior Raiders, found the back of the net on his debut as he slotted home a rebound from a Tjay Anderson shot.
Raiders held that narrow lead until late in the second period when Tommy Huggett fired into the top corner following a pass from line-mate JJ Pitchley to make it 2-0 heading into the final period.
Dominic Gabaj reduced the deficit just over two minutes into the third period with assists going to Harvey Stead and James Galazzi.
Christian Mohr then levelled the score just over 30 seconds later as Juha Lindgren set him up but it was short lived as Raiders restored their lead in the 44th minute of play as Anderson netted his first Raiders goal with Briggs getting the assist.
Jacob Ranson was then sent to the penalty box for roughing where Bees would level the score through Gabaj as he netted his second of the game.
Ollie Baldock then also picked up a high sticking penalty to put the hosts back on the man advantage where Galazzi tipped home a Gabaj shot to make it 4-3 with less than four minutes to play.
The hosts held on to seal a 4-3 victory on home on Bank Holiday Monday.