Thursday, March 22, 2012
Buckman ready for crunch title clash
Romford Raiders have what it takes to win in Cardiff, but must make the most of their chances this weekend.
Experienced utility player Jason Buckman believes the English National League title hopefuls can come back from Wales with two more points, so long as they are not too wasteful.
Raiders return to action after an unexpected weekend off due to licensing problems at Rom Valley Way and Buckman said: “I don’t think last weekend off helped, but maybe it’s all given us a bit of rest and time to recover from niggly injuries.
“It has been a perfect time for everyone to have a think and focus on what we need to do to win in Cardiff and set up a potential championship final in the last league game of the season against Isle of Wight.”
Raiders need to win their last three matches of the regular season to be sure of pipping Essex rivals Chelmsford to the title.
After visiting Cardiff this weekend, they travel to lowly Slough next Saturday before their rearranged home game against the Isle of Wight.
Buckman added: “This weekend is obviously going to be be tough. We lost 3-2 last time but outshot them (45-29) and had half of the third period alone on the powerplay.
“If we finish half our chances this weekend we’ll come away with the two points.
“It’s games like this that the experience in the team has to shine through when it matters and leading into the play-offs.
“If we play tough disciplined hockey and finish our chances in Cardiff we won’t have a problem. Hopefully we will have some decent away support too.”