Zero weekend

phnweek29rStreatham Redskins endured a disappointing weekend as they came away from two fixtures with zero points on the NIHL.

On Saturday evening a big crowd in Brixton looked on as the Romford Raiders skated off with a 9-3 win.

A tight first period with Romford’s powerplay unit struggling to break down Streatham’s defence ended in disaster for the home side, as the visitors finally made the extra man advantage count as Matt Turner showed remarkable composure to find Juraj Huska unmarked at the far post to open the scoring with 1 second remaining.

Romford started the second as they ended the first as Huska scored his second after only two minutes. Frankie Harvey made it 3-0 three minutes later as the home crowd were stunned into silence.

A slapshot from the point by Buckman made it 4-0 before Streatham finally got on the scoresheet as Stevie Balmer roofed the puck past Shane Kemp from close range.

It was to be a rare highlight for the Redskins as Romford continued to break with speed and Huska and Turner both added more goals to give the visitors a seemingly unassailable 6-1 lead.

The third period started in the same vein as Streatham continued to struggle and Romford quickly added two more goals through Huska and AJ Smith despite the introduction of Stefan Nubert between the pipes replacing Will Sanderson.

Joe Johnston pulled one back for Streatham with 12 minutes remaining but then Shaun Yardley answered straight back for Romford within a minute.

Streatham had the last goal of the game as Michal Oravec finished a slick passing move involving Johnston however it was too little too late.

On Sunday Streatham had the perfect chance to respond with a road trip to MK Thunder, however they fell victim to a strong start from the home side as Connor Goode and Jamie Randall scored quick goals in the first period.

Streatham had plenty of possession but could not find a cutting edge whilst MK broke quickly and caused problems on the counter attack. Randall got another goal with Maksims Petruks and Greg Randall also on target, Streatham scored goals through Joe Johnston and Jamie McIlroy but the Londoners ended up on the wrong side of a 5-2 scoreline.

Photo Rick Webb

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