AN away trip to Romford Raiders is not a great prospect at the best of times, but having to travel without three forwards and two defencemen due to injury and illness made it mission impossible for MK Thunder on Sunday.
Thunder have never managed to get a result against the former English Premier League side in their own back yard, and the opening few minutes of their latest clash quickly confirmed it wasn’t going to happen this time either.
Raiders started the game with all out attack and totally dominated a shell-shocked Thunder side who found themselves 5-0 down in the first 10 minutes.
Desperate defence made it difficult for Thunder to relieve the pressure as opportunities for attacking Romford were few and far between.
But after that initial onslaught, Thunder gradually stemmed the flow and began to get themselves back in the game. A superb tight angle slap shot from Mark Turner (pictured above) got Thunder on the score sheet just before the end of the first period.
At 5-1 down, Thunder’s positional play was better in the second period as they looked to recover, defensively they were tighter and marked their men better.
Offensively Thunder’s forwards enjoyed slightly more of the possession in the Raiders zone and were unlucky not to get a goal or two back. Instead it was Raiders who eventually extended their lead to 7-1 by the last break.
More of the same followed in the final period, resolute defence, the odd chance, but again Raiders scored the only goal of the period to run out 8-1 winners.
Thunder will be hoping to have their players back for the tough weekend ahead which sees them in Cardiff on Saturday before hosting Streatham Redskins at home on Sunday.