JC MSFL DIVISION THREE
OAKWOOD B 1 FC TEAM C 0
Oakwood B did their title hopes a whole lot of good as they edged past rivals FC Team C in a tense battle at Parmiters.
Victory takes them four points clear of Team who have a game in hand.
Playing on their favourite surface - mud - Oakwood dug in deep and nicked it right at the end.
Manager Ian Tussie told JC Sport: "On the balance of play we marginally edged it. They were a threat on the break but the pitch didn't help them and it was hard for their lively forward Dave Cohen to get many chances
"There was a spell for 15 minutes in the first half where we rode our luck and were indebted to 2 absolutely outstanding saves from Oren Hury, both point blank one-on-ones.
"However, the longer the game went on the more I felt we would nick it and the goal came on 85 when Matt Geey's corner was headed by Adam Blin - their keeper saved it up into the air but then bizarrely seemed to punch it into his own net. It was a goal befitting the pitch - mucky.
"Overall I'm delighted - we know it's in our hands now and that's all what you can ask for. We've went away to the would-be champions, undefeated all season, and we've came away with three points. Not bad for a team only back in the race because of Jewventus folding...
"However, I've banned all use of the P word - Prosecco. We've got two huge games to go and I want us to focus on them for now."
FC Team joint-manager Michael Myers told JC Sport: "It was a scrappy game at Aycliffe. The pitch was in a terrible state, forcing both teams to not be able to play their usual good football.
"We had the best chances and were dominant for most of the game which was settled by a set-piece in the end which was highly disappointing.
"We haven't given up hope of the title. Oakwood had a stroke of luck with Jewventus folding as they had dropped points to them. I'm hoping our stroke of luck comes in the form of AC Mill Hill defeating Oakwood on Sunday."