‘Day­light rob­bery’

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BYDANNYCARO

HEN­DON UNITED SPORTS CLUB A 1 OAK­WOOD A 2

FOOT­BALL DAVID Gar­bacz com­pared Leor Si­dle’s late win­ner to be­ing bur­gled as Oak­wood ex­tended their lead at the top of the MG­B­SFL Pre­mier Di­vi­sion to four points af­ter com­plet­ing a league double over their ti­tle ri­vals.

Hav­ing beaten Hen­don 3-1 at the same Hadley FC ground last week, Oak­wood ar­rived in a con­fi­dent mood at a pitch sur­rounded by thick fog.

Hen­don were given an early let-off when Brad Wine latched on to a dan­ger­ous far post cross but placed his header wide.

Kyle Bent­wood opened the scor­ing from close-range af­ter 15 min­utes, slot­ting home the re­bound af­ter an ex­cep­tional re­flex save by Arthur Caplin, who was stand­ing in for the in­jured Rus­sell Corin.

Hen­don equalised early in the sec­ond half, with the in­dus­tri­ous Moses Seitler tap­ping home.

There were chances for both teams in the last 20 min­utes. Si­dle pulled his shot wide of the far post but just when it ap­peared both teams had set­tled for a draw, he pro­duced a piece of magic that turned the tide in Oak­wood’s favour.

Alex Rosen­thal looked favourite to deal with a through ball, with Si­dle for com­pany. He was look­ing for help, but his goal­keeper opted to stay on his line and af­ter be­ing shrugged off Si­dle showed bril­liant preda­tory in­stincts to get in front of him and lash his shot into the net, spark­ing a mini-pitch in­va­sion from the Oak­wood bench.

A de­jected Gar­bacz said: “This was the cru­ellest way to lose such an im­por­tant game. I’m sure the Oak­wood man­agers would agree a draw would have been a fair re­sult.

“I left the pitch with the feel­ing like some­one had bro­ken into our home and had stolen a sen­ti­men­tal fam­ily heir­loom in broad day­light.

“How­ever the truth is the win­ning goal was all our own fault. We deal with that sit­u­a­tion 99 times out of 100 but for some in­ex­pli­ca­ble rea­son Alex and Arthur were each wait­ing for the other one to come and in nipped their for­ward to take ad­van­tage of the hes­i­tancy.”

Oak­wood joint-man­ager Dan Kristall praised his play­ers for ex­e­cut­ing their game-plan to per­fec­tion. “This win was a huge sign of char­ac­ter and de­ter­mi­na­tion,” he said.

“We still have to play Li­ons, FC Team and Raiders so we are fully aware of how dif­fi­cult it will be to win the ti­tle from this po­si­tion.

“The other teams also have tough run-ins though, with Red­bridge and Hen­don still yet to face each other. It all makes for an ex­cit­ing end to the league sea­son.

“We know full well we’ve won noth­ing yet but we’ve put our­selves right in the mix.”

PHOTO: BEN AN­GEL

Leor Si­dle shrugs off Alex Rosen­thal to score the win­ning goal

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