Raiders are a great side, but this was an op­por­tu­nity missed for Oaks, says Blank

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BYDANNYCARO

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FOOT­BALL NEARLY, but not quite. For long pe­ri­ods of this pul­sat­ing con­test, Oak­wood looked as if they would tri­umph as they launched a fe­ro­cious on­slaught on the league lead­ers.

It was the sight of Josh Rose — snap­ping into tack­les and track­ing back — that promised in the early min­utes that Oak­wood meant busi­ness.

Rose main­tained that level of per­for­mance through­out. It summed up the su­perb team ethic, fos­tered by Dan Kristall, Ric Blank and Alex Schock.

They were just 20 sec­onds away from be­com­ing the first Jewish team to beat North Lon­don Raiders this sea­son un­til su­per-sub Nyv Bo­gaire broke their hearts with a late lev­eller in a 2-2 draw.

A dou­ble from the deadly Dave Wool­man had put Oak­wood in charge, but Raiders re­minded them why they are cham­pi­ons, with Ricky En­gle­man and teenager Bo­gaire p r e s e r v i n g t h e i r un­beaten record.

Blank said: “I am im­mensely proud of my boys for their per­for­mance. We were the bet­ter team and I think any­one who was there would re­alise what a propo­si­tion we have now be­come. “Raiders are a great side but at 2-1 we should have put the game to bed and the boys know that.”

Speak­ing about NLR’s saviour Bo­gaire, Rob Rich­man said: “I’d never seen the boy play but since we needed a goal we threw him on up front. It was the best cameo per­for­mance I’ve ever seen.

“He’son­the­book­satHen­don, cur­rently do­ing re­ally well in their un­der-19 side. I might get him for a game here or there. He’s a sen­sa­tional player. Some of the tricks in the five min­utes he was on left me open-mouthed.”

Dave Wool­man

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