It’s a blow, says Blank


The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY RICHARD JAYE

CAC OAK­WOOD joint-man­ager Ric Blank was left be­mused af­ter a con­tro­ver­sial ref­er­ee­ing de­ci­sion de­nied his team an equaliser as they fell vic­tim to one of the shocks of the round against fourth di­vi­sion FC Team A.

When Josh Sw­erd­low volleyed home with a last-gasp equaliser, Oak­wood’s cel­e­bra­tions were short­lived as Peter Mau­rice-Lavelle blew up, rul­ing that Sw­erd­low had given him­self an un­fair ad­van­tage by not call­ing his name when pre­par­ing to strike.

Blank told JC Sport: “It was a typ­i­cally fe­ro­cious but fair cup game. We are very dis­ap­pointed to have lost. This is not sour grapes, it re­ally had to be seen to be be­lieved.

“FC Team A are a good side, des­tined for big things in the com­ing years. How­ever, to lose a game as a re­sult of the worst ref­er­ee­ing de­ci­sion we have seen in Jewish foot­ball is be­yond galling.”

Oak­wood started the tie in con­fi­dent mood with Matt Geey and Dan Geey forc­ing Team keeper Mike Perkin to make two out­stand­ing saves.

Re­cent sign­ing Lo­rian Madanes gave Di­vi­sion Four ta­ble-top­pers FC Team a first half lead with a thun­der­bolt free­kick.

The vis­i­tors added a sec­ond 15 min­utes from time when Mitch Lass­man cracked home a free-kick.

Dan Abrams set up a grandstand fin­ish af­ter pulling one back for Oak­wood but FC Team held on.

FC Team player-man­ager Mitch Young said: “Oak­wood play a sim­i­lar style to us but we per­formed bet­ter than them on the day. We can give any­one a match in this com­pe­ti­tion.”

Oak­wood: Rose, Sw­erd­low, Beilin, Berke, M Gee, D Gee (sub: Sil­ver), Abra­hams, David­son, Blank, Beale, Sen­nett (sub: Isaacs)

FC Team: Perkin, Ju­dah, Weiner, Sil­ver­man, Moss (sub: Ryan), Lass­man, Sternberg, Noti (sub: Breger), Drage, Madanes, Young (sub: Su­gar­bread)

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