Derby delight for Thunder

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MK THUNDER emerged victorious after a hard fought battle with league rivals Oxford City Stars on Sunday.

Harrison Goode gave the home side the perfect start when he beat Oxford netminder Chris Douglas with just over two and a half minutes gone.

Stars began to pile on the pressure in search of an equaliser but found the Thunder defence and netminder Dave Cassidy in fine form to maintain their 1-0 lead, before man of the match Mark Turner extended their advantage at 16.32.

Stars hit back early in the second period when Gareth Endicott scored on the powerplay with just under a minute of the middle frame gone. Oxford then tied the game just 28 seconds later when Richard Wojciak scored from close range.

After a sluggish start to the period, Thunder found their feet again and came close to restoring their lead on several occasions; with Martyn Snape and Steve Maile both going close.

A tense final period saw both sides go close but it was Thunder who got the key break through when Maros Stefanco’s shot through traffic beat Douglas with less than three minutes still to play.

Once again Oxford surged forward, opting to pull Douglas in favour of an extra skater but once again Thunder repelled the Stars attack before Connor Goode put the puck in to the empty net to secure a vital 4-2 win for the home side.

Thunder faired less well on Saturday against league favourites Romford Raiders.

The Essex side are flying high in the ENL and made short work of a short benched Thunder, who also lost three players to injury during the game. JJ McGrath was on form for the Raiders, grabbing four goals in an 11-1 win.

Thunder youngster Nidal Phillips scored the only goal for Milton Keynes, capitalising on an error by the Romford defence to score with a neat finish early in the second period.

Thunder face the daunting task of Romford Raiders again this coming weekend, this time at the Thunderdome in MK. Face off 7pm.