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Shephard shines in Fury finale

PUBLISHED: 15:39 02 April 2010 | UPDATED: 21:47 02 July 2010

ROMFORD FURY finished a season of two distinct halves with a battling 7-2 defeat against ENL Two South title hopefuls Swindon at Rom Valley Way. Romford s second string had briefly topped the table after winning five of their opening seven games of the se

ROMFORD FURY finished a season of two distinct halves with a battling 7-2 defeat against ENL Two South title hopefuls Swindon at Rom Valley Way.

Romford's second string had briefly topped the table after winning five of their opening seven games of the season.

But after losing their offensive spearheads Frankie Harvey and Joe Allen to the English Premier League Raiders line-up, Fury lost 10 games in a row to tumble down the standings.

They bounced back to beat Lee Valley, Streatham and the Isle of Wight in the closing weeks of the season, but a second defeat in three weeks against the Wildcats leaves them ninth in an 11-team division, after Slough's withdrawal.

With first-choice goalie Danny Kruse unavailable and Frankie Sabine and AJ Boot called up to Raiders duty, Fury were forced to put Ian Shephard between their pipes.

But the debutant impressed to keep the home side on level terms until the midway mark, after which Swindon pulled clear with five unanswered goals.

After a fairly even opening, the signs began to look ominous when Swindon netted twice in a little over a minute for a 2-0 lead.

But leading scorer Michael Jacobs replied before the first break and Robin Turner got Fury back on level terms in the 24th minute with an assist from Haydn Newland.

Ryan Burgess restored Swindon's lead eight minutes later, though, and Alasdair Barrow made it 4-2 before Mel Bidder was binned for slashing.

Wildcats netted their fifth goal of the game on the powerplay through Stephen Whitfield and dominated in the closing period, outshooting Fury 20-6.

Shephard held firm for the most part, however, to keep the home side in with an outside chance.

Fury killed off a full two-minute spell of 5-on-3 after Steve Hooker and Bidder were both penalised at 48:26, but faint hopes of getting anything out of the game were finally shattered with nine minutes remaining.

Daniel David Smith registered his second goal of the night to make it 6-2 and Burnett completed the tally for the visitors with his second two minutes later.

SCORERS

Fury: Michael Jacobs 1 Robin Turner 1 Haydn Newland 0+1 Dan Sampson 0+1.

Wildcats: James Burnett 2+1 Daniel David Smith 2 Ryan Burgess 1+1 Stephen Whitfield 1+1 Alasdair Barrow 1+1 Jamie Newton 0+1 Josh Oliver 0+1 Brian Clark 0+1 Sam Feeney 0+1.


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