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