Lewis steers Raiders into round four

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BYDANNYCARO

NORTH LON­DON RAIDERS A MANCH­ESTER MAC­CABI 1ST

FOOT­BALL ROB Rich­man com­mended NLR’s de­fen­sive re­silience as they moved into the fourth round of the JewishFACup­witha3-1vic­to­ry­overManch­ester Mac­cabi 1st at Cap­i­tal City.

Jor­dan Marks and Ricky En­gle­man handed Raiders the ini­tia­tive in a well­con­tested first half be­fore Manch­ester hauled them­selves back into the game from the penalty spot.

NLR re­mained calm and se­cured the all-im­por­tant next goal with a stun­ning ef­fort from Nick Lewis.

Raiders boss Rob Rich­man said: “Over the course of the game I felt we de­served thewin—we­took­our­chances­re­al­ly­well as we have done through­out the sea­son but just as im­por­tantly we looked so se­cure de­fen­sively.

“Since Novem­ber 1 we have con­ceded one goal from open play and to­day, even with­out our first-choice cen­tre-back pair­ing from the start of the sea­son, we looked so solid and res­o­lute.

“We wish Manch­ester well — they are anex­cel­lentside­andwe­hopethey­goon to se­cure their league ti­tle this sea­son.”

Mac­cabi boss Tony Gell­man com­mented: “We have no com­plaints at the score­line. The dif­fer­ence be­tween the two teams was the fin­ish­ing. Raiders were sim­ply more clin­i­cal than us.

“Some­times there’s not a lot you can do about it. Los­ing our goal­keeper David Co­hen with a knee in­jury early on was a set­back. But it’s con­trib­uted to the de­feat asA­damJack­son­stepped­in­tothe­breach and was su­perb. It was a game that was played in great spirit through­out.

“We­s­e­lectedas­trongsquadand­came down with real hope but it wasn’t to be.”

PHOTO: MARC MOR­RIS

Louie Basso ( left) tack­les Nick Lewis

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