Raiders NIHL 2 take on London rivals Haringey Huskies

PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 October 2018

Sam Roberts fires goalwards (pic John Scott)

Sam Roberts fires goalwards (pic John Scott)


Everyone Active Raiders NIHL 2 will return to action when they take on London rivals Haringey Huskies this weekend, writes Jacob Ranson.

The new-look side will welcome Dan Sampson’s men to the Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre on Saturday (5.15pm) for a clash that bolsters a lot of former team-mates and old club links.

The Romford-based club have captain Sam Roberts, forward Matt Brown and defenceman Rob Veares, who have all spent time playing at Alexandra Palace, mostly for the Racers, who are now defunct.

Meanwhile, the Huskies ranks boast former Romford juniors Ben Osborne, Stephen Woodford, Mark Robinson, Sam Park and Sebastian Downing.

Most of those making appearances for the Raiders or Romford’s other former Division Two sides (Fury and Spitfires) over the years – not forgetting goalie Harry Buckingham and Jack Lee – also spent time with the club in recent years.

General manager Lee Mercer also spent time with Romford Fury before moving back to north London.

Raiders captain Roberts feels with so many links between the two sides it should make the encounter a feisty one especially with both sides wanting the points.

“It’s always exciting playing an old club and lots of familiar faces, but it’s definitely one I want to take some points from,” he said.

“We’re prepared and focused, we had good training on Wednesday and have some good set-plays coming together.

“It will be a tough one as they’re a good team but hopefully it’s not as feisty as the Chelmsford game.”

Huskies coach Sampson is also looking forward to returning to his boyhood club and admits they will be an unknown quality.

“Raiders are new in this year so you can’t read too much into them, but for a few of the guys in our room, myself included, it’s going back to where we started,” he told the Huskies audioboom channel.

“It’s not quite Rom Valley Way, but we’re looking forward to going there, and hopefully we’ll come away with two points.”

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

18 minutes ago

The club didn’t have to offer the Argentina international a new contract in the summer, but it has paid off handsomely


Saracens head coach Mark McCall said his team were poor for long periods despite making it two wins from two in the Heineken Champions Cup with a 29-10 bonus-point victory over Lyon.

Bostik Premier: Dorking Wanderers 3 Wingate & Finchley 0


Evo-Stik South Premier South: Hendon 3 (Jonas 4, German 35, Hippolyte-Patrick 44) Wimborne Town 2 (Holmes 11, Clarke 61)


Arsenal Women’s Beth Mead said there is a lot of belief in their side following their 6-0 WSL win over Reading on Sunday.


Arsenal host Leicester City at the Emirates on Monday evening. Read on for Layth Yousif’s match preview.

Yesterday, 21:35

Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been discussing various topics with Layth Yousif during his exclusive interview. The talented 26-year-old invited Layth to his house for an in-depth discussion on a wide-ranging number of issues as the star prepares to launch his first soccer school at the end of this month. Read on for more...

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Hampstead & Westminster handed out a lesson to the students of Exeter as they made it five straight wins in the Premier Division in sunny Devon.


Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now