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

As a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing trying your best to scrape through to next week, that is NOT what you want to hear.

Read more

Provided of course, you exercise some careful creativity.

Read more

Promotions

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

Dojo gives you hand picked recommendations for events, places and activities in London

Tired of always hearing about some amazing event in London after its gone, missing out on the best activities? That’s where Dojo comes in.

The Argentina star is set to go the way of Olly Murs.

Will Cesc out-perform Angel? Will Sunderland be utterly rubbish again? And surely Erik Lamela can’t repeat *that* goal…

He’s bitey – but is he bitier than a zombie?

Erik Lamela’s ridiculous rabona goal last night inspired us to look for a few people who it didn’t go so well for.

Match Reports

TOP STORIES