Raiders reflect on play-off heartache

10:45 23 April 2012

Romford Raiders forward AJ Smith netted in play-off final defeat to Chelmsford

Romford Raiders forward AJ Smith netted in play-off final defeat to Chelmsford

Archant

Season ends in derby defeat

Romford Raiders forward AJ Smith revealed his frustration after losing the ENL play-off final to Essex rivals Chelmsford at Rom Valley Way.

Smith put Raiders ahead in the second leg, after a 4-4 draw in Chelmsford on Saturday.

And after Chieftains struck either side of the first break to turn the tie on its head, he set up linemate Matt Turner to get Romford back on terms.

Two goals in a minute put Chelmsford 4-2 up, though, and they struck twice more in the final period to successfully defend their title.

Smith said: “I’m gutted with the way it ended.

“I really thought the treble was going to be ours. There’s nothing worse than being on home ice and having to watch another team lift the trophy.

“Having said that it’s still been an amazing season and a very successful one too.”

Raiders clinched the regular season title after finishing one point ahead of Chelmsford at the top of the table.

And Danny Marshall’s men also lifted the South East Trophy after winning all six of their matches against top four rivals Chelmsford, Isle of Wight and Invicta.

Smith added: “I’m proud to be a Raider and congratulations to Chelmsford. There’s no point being a sore loser.

“It has been a hell of a season and thank you to all the Raiders fans that supported us week in, week out. I hope we made you proud!”

Raiders hold their end of season awards night at the Collier Row Catholic Club on Saturday (7pm).

Tickets cost £6 adults and £3 for under-16s, with under-5s admitted free.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

They too assume that smaller numbers are on the of the left and bigger numbers on the right, say scientists.

Read more

Promoted content

Valentine's Day Afternoon Tea

London Hilton on Park Lane is inviting couples to celebrate this Valentines Day over a deliciously romantic afternoon tea at Podium Restaurant and Bar. Taking inspiration from the highly popular Confessions of a Chocoholic Afternoon Tea, London Hilton on Park Lane presents the ultimate romantic afternoon out with its Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea.

Established in 1987, Tucci is one of the North's premier stores for branded clothing, footwear and accessories.

Save up to 70% on designer brands for Men and Women, including G-Star, Diesel, French Connection, Firetrap and many more….our sale is now on.

Valentine's Day in London

If you’re struggling over what to buy for the special person in your life in your life, our Valentine’s Day in London section is here to help.

You don’t NEED to buy red, white and blue body paint… But that would also be awesome!!!

Looks like Arsenal might have a team full of night owls.

We’re not sure exactly what she said, but we’re sure it wasn’t pretty.

Match Reports

TOP STORIES