Point made

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY DANNY CARO

FOOT­BALL RIC Blank ad­mits the MGBSFL Pre­mier Divi­sion ti­tle is out of Oak­wood’s hands fol­low­ing the 1-1 draw against Red­bridge Jewish Care A.

David Wool­man and Dean Ny­man ex­changed goals in a hard-fought con­test where both teams lost key play­ers to in­jury.

Oak­wood marks­man Leor Si­dle was forced off in­jured af­ter 15 min­utes, while Red­bridge’s ma­raud­ing full-back Ryan Cole failed to fin­ish the con­test due to a mus­cle in­jury.

While Oak­wood, who hold a five­point lead, have one match re­main­ing, Red­bridge would lift the ti­tle if they win their last four games.

Oak­wood joint-man­ager Ric Blank

com­mented: “A draw was the fair re­sult. With the wind be­hind us, we were by far the bet­ter side. We re­ally should have been out of sight by half-time. It’s the best we’ve played this sea­son.

“It was ironic Red­bridge equalised in added time caused by the Si­dle in­jury. It was the only time all half we’d lost our shape and al­lowed Sam Sol­losi inside.

“He had been very quiet but as all good play­ers do, he only needed one mo­ment to cre­ate some­thing sig­nif­i­cant.

“The sec­ond half was to­tally dif­fer­ent — as we knew it would be. The wind was a ma­jor fac­tor as Red­bridge came at us and forced us on the back foot. They didn’t cre­ate too many chances.

“We sta­bilised and the im­mense Alex Lee man­aged to con­tain them.”

Blank be­lieves Red­bridge’s post­match cel­e­bra­tions were some­what pre­ma­ture.

“Over­all, it was a fair re­sult but now the ti­tle is out of our hands,” he said. “We’re im­mensely proud of the boys and their ef­forts and now have to beat Lions to give our­selves any chance.

“The Red­bridge play­ers were cel­e­brat­ing at full-time which tells you ev­ery­thing you need to know about the ti­tle race and how far Oak­wood have come as a team.

“For a side as good as Red­bridge to be punching the air at full-time af­ter a draw with us is a huge com­pli­ment. “This was un­doubt­edly the two best Jewish teams in the coun­try go­ing at it and we thor­oughly en­joyed it.”

Red­bridge boss Jon Ja­cobs dis­agreed with Blank’s anal­y­sis of which team the draw favours.

“The re­sult prob­a­bly suits Oak­wood more, with Red­bridge need­ing four wins from four tough games to win the league. And Oak­wood play a Lions team with eyes on cup glory in their only re­main­ing fix­ture.

“The fo­cus now for Red­bridge turns to the cup and Finchley City in the semi-fi­nal of the Anek­stein. We will be work­ing hard to pre­pare the walk­ing wounded for that one and put the league to one side just for the one week.

“This keeps the sea­son go­ing into April now and we will be fight­ing like crazy to see a suc­cess­ful end to the month.”

PHOTOS: MARC MOR­RIS

There’s no way out for RJC’s Nathan Sol­losi, while David Wool­man (far

left) cel­e­brates

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