Search

Huska hat-trick hits London Raiders hopes

PUBLISHED: 20:28 01 April 2017 | UPDATED: 20:28 01 April 2017

Slavomir Buda goes on the attack for London Raiders against Chelmsford (pic John Scott)

Slavomir Buda goes on the attack for London Raiders against Chelmsford (pic John Scott)

Archant

London Raiders 1 Chelmsford Chieftains 5

London Raiders forward Alan Lack tries to escape from Chelmsford's Liam Chong (pic John Scott)London Raiders forward Alan Lack tries to escape from Chelmsford's Liam Chong (pic John Scott)

London Raiders were left with a mountain to climb in their National League play-off after defeat against champions Chelmsford in the first leg of their semi-final at Lee Valley.

Juraj Huska returned to haunt his former club with a hat-trick for the Chieftains putting them firmly in control for the return leg at the Riverside Ice Arena on Sunday evening.

Huska was called for an early holding penalty, but Raiders could not take advantage of the powerplay and then saw Brandon Miles called for roughing midway through the opening period.

The visitors could not make their extra man count but did open the scoring soon after Raiders returned to full strength thanks to Huska’s first goal of the night.

Raiders edged the shot count 14-12 in the opening session, but could not find a way past Sonny Phillips and conceded a second goal early in the middle period as Carl Graham found the net.

Slavomir Buda halved the deficit to give Raiders hope, but Huska restored the two-goal cushion with his second goal of the tie, with only 13 seconds left in the period.

And when Julian Smith was given a minor roughing penalty early in the final stanza, Huska made his former club pay once more with a powerplay goal to complete his treble and make it 4-1.

Grant Bartlett skated clear to beat Euan King and claim Chelmsford’s fifth goal, with 14 minutes still left in the match, and Raiders lost Miles to a 10-minute misconduct penalty soon after.

The home side avoided any further damage to the scoreline, but were unable to make any inroads as Phillips took the man of the match award for Chieftains.

And Raiders will now have to produce one of the biggest comebacks in their 30-year history if they are to overturn the deficit in the second leg and set up a final meeting with either Streatham or Invicta.

Latest East London Sports News

The attacking midfielder, who signed in January, impressed in the 1-0 loss at Wembley and has been backed for big things by Justin Edinburgh

The midfielder made his final appearance for Leyton Orient in the FA Trophy final against AFC Fylde and paid tribute to the club

Yesterday, 17:42

Great Britain's women claimed their first home win in the FIH Pro League with a 2-0 success over Belgium.

Yesterday, 07:47

Great Britain's women took a point following a penalty shoot-out loss to Argentina after a 1-1 draw on Saturday, while the men were edged out 3-2 by their rivals.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

We spoke to Leyton Orient academy graduate Josh Koroma for our Redemption pullout about the supporters and a key game for him and the team last season

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Josh Coulson is meant to be on his best friend Nathan's stag do this weekend but only has himself to blame for missing it

Friday, May 17, 2019

The one-time England C international expressed his gratitude to the Leyton Orient fans and is hopeful he will be at the club next season

PROMOTED CONTENT

Victoria Park - or 'Vicky Park' as the locals know it - has been the setting for many important events over the years.​ Here, we take a look at its unique cultural history.

The team behind All Points East have put together a mouth-watering line-up of local food and drink traders who will be fuelling the festival in May.

Rock band Sleeping With Sirens will lead the show at All Points East festival this summer in Victoria Park.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists