'Camden showed battling qualities' says Kristall

Dan Kristall praised Camden Park for their endeavours after they gave defending champions Oakwood a testing morning at Hadley FC.




Oakwood went into the game on the back of a defeat in the London FA County Cup, but after initially coming up against strong resistance, they remained patient to run out comfortable winners.

Camden were resolute and compact in the opening stages and it needed a moment of magic to open up their defence. A cross from the right fell into the path of midfielder Levy who fired a crisp left-foot volley from the edge of the box arrowing into the bottom corner.

Oakwood started to dictate and hit the crossbar twice in quick succession, while at the other end recent arrival Joe Botchin needed to be alert to save a shot at his near post.


The visitors doubled their lead in the second half when Leor Sidle tapped home following a goal-mouth scramble.

The visitors were gifted a third in comical fashion via an own goal from Josh Tiano before super-sub Jonny Quinn completed the scoring.

Oakwood joint-manager Dan Kristall told JC Sport: "It was a good win against an in-form Camden side.

"Ultimately, we had too much quality, power and pace for them and scored some nice goals although we were quite wasteful for an hour - mainly due to our decision-making and finishing, and we know that this could hurt us in the weeks to come. 

"Fair play to Stirling and his Camden side who defended well for an hour. We wish them well until we next meet them in the league.

"They have enough battling qualities to stay in the division and have already beaten a few good teams this season.

"As for us, we take the positives from this one, work on a few things and go one game at a time, focusing all of our efforts into a huge game with Hendon on Sunday."

Camden boss Stirling Kay told JC Sport: "We were in the game until 60 minutes after falling behind to a great strike from out side the box.

"We managed to stop them getting behind us and Oakwood had very few chances in the first half, and were getting very frustrated.

"We were getting more of the ball in the last 15 minutes but we then lost two forwards to injury, so our threat to attack Oakwood was at a minimal which left us with very little cutting edge.

"We worked very hard in the second half but unfortunately they scored three goals, including a wonderful flying header from Josh Tiano, but into the wrong net!

"We all felt that if we have more attacking options we could’ve made it a far closer game. Defensively we we were very good. But we have to do much better in the last third."

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