Murray’s winner is one to celebrate as Devils Raid rivals

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A last-minute goal from Alex Murray gave the Solent Devils their first win on the Isle of Wight for 25 years as they beat the Wightlink Raiders 6-5 in a thrilling encounter.

The National League south division one clash started at a searing pace with slick passing between Drew Campbell and George Norcliffe setting up Ralfs Circencis to score with a neat finish.

Murray added a second goal to extend their advantage before the Raiders hit back with one of their own.

The Raiders took a 5-4 lead into the third period as goals from Campbell and a second for Murray kept the Forest Way outfit in touch.

Campbell then scored his second goal to level it at 5-5 before Murray hit the winner with 22 seconds to play.

Devils bench coach Darrin Laishley said: ‘Everyone has been sending their congratulations.

‘It is overwhelming and the pride you get from the win is a great feeling.

‘We worked really hard and played as a team, relying on players to do their individual skills which they did really well.

‘It was a really physical game and the younger players stood up to the challenge and stuck it back to them.’

The Solent Devils return to action at Bracknell Hornets on Saturday before a home clash with Milton Keynes Thunder on Sunday.

Laishley added: ‘We have been working hard in training on team unity and keeping fit to get mentally ready for what is going to be a tough weekend.

‘Bracknell are a much-improved side and they gave us a kicking at home but we will learn from that and we gave Milton Keynes a really good game up there.

‘We have a fully-fit squad to choose from and competition for places is really strong.’

The Devils currently sit in seventh place in the table.

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