Raiders will be bet­ter for cup de­feat, says Rich­man

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

FOOT­BALL ROB Rich­man in­sists North Lon­don Raiders can take some pos­i­tives from their Sun­day Chal­lenge Cup de­feat against Trip­i­meni Olympia.

Jonny Kay and Ben Rosen­blatt reg­is­tered for the de­fend­ing MGBSFL cham­pi­ons but they were edged out 3-2 by last year’s fi­nal­ists.

Rich­man said: “We are dis­ap­pointed to go out of the com­pe­ti­tion at the first round. We knew it was go­ing to be a re­ally dif­fi­cult task hav­ing been pit­ted against a very good side and then turn­ing up with just 11 men.

“We gave our op­po­si­tion too much re­spect in the first half. We com­plete- ly out­played them in the sec­ond and de­served more af­ter a re­ally su­perb show­ing.

“This cup al­ways pro­vides a stern test, the op­po­si­tion are de­cent sides with many of the play­ers play­ing to a high Satur­day level too so we can be very pleased with our morn­ing’s work.”

Raiders re­turn to do­mes­tic ac­tion on Sun­day when they travel to Pre­mier Divi­sion ri­vals Faith­fold A to start their defence of the Cyril Anek­stein Cup.

The tie of the third round sees league lead­ers Red­bridge Jewish Care A host first divi­sion pace-set­ters Brady Mac­cabi at Fair­lop.

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