We're worthy winners, says Oakwood manager

By Danny Caro, March 26, 2012

Oakwood 3 Southgate Harmen B 1

Oakwood's incredible winning run continued as they wrapped up the Division One title with a 3-1 win over Harmen B.

Two goals from Jason Lindsay plus one from Dan Abrams sealed part one of a possible double.

They will meet Hendon A in the final of the Peter Morrison Trophy at Wingate & Finchley on April 29.

Oakwood joint-manager Ric Blank told JC Sport: "We're delighted to have clinched the title against Southgate. We're on an incredible run, which never really looked like coming to an end today.

"We weren't at our best in the first half, and looked as if we were struggling to get into our rhythm without several key players.

"At 1-1 at half time we exchanged a few words and came out a different side in the second half, moving the ball accurately and quickly to a team mate in space.

"We completely dominated the second 45 and, but for some wayward finishing, would have scored many more goals.

"Southgate were barely in our half as we dictated play and repeatedly cut them open. Credit to Southgate - for a relegated side they showed a lot of spirit and were determined to enjoy their football. That's what Sunday League is all about and I am sure they are readying themselves for a quick return to Division One next season. We wish them all the best.

"In terms of the title and what it means - we're very excited to be playing Premiership football next season. We know it's a huge step up and a great challenge for the club but we are determined to give it a go and test ourselves against the best.

"Brady (under Josh) and Raiders B (under Rob) were promoted from our division last year (with FC team) and I'll be using their example to motivate the boys next season. All of those guys stayed up and have had fantastic seasons.

"Divison One is a tough league as it's the easiest one to get into but the hardest to escape. Over the past few seasons we have gone close but fallen at the last. This year we have been the best side in the division.

"We got stronger as the season progressed and have now won 12 games on the bounce. Montana folding did not make anywhere near the impact some of the other managers would have you believe. Chigwell said at the time we would now win the league by default - we beat them three times including a 6-0 mauling at their place. We've beaten Brixton twice, Redbridge twice, and though we lost to Norstar, we regrouped to knock them out of the Morrison.

"A few years ago we beat Red Sea in a double-header, only to see the results expunged. The truth is we weren't ready to go up that year. This year we were top of the league before Montana folded and we're top of the league now.

"We've won every game in 2012 and hope to end the season with a good performance against Temple followed by an enormous high in the PMT final."

Last updated: 11:11am, March 26 2012