MGBSFL DIVISION TWO
FC TEAM C 3 OAKWOOD B 5
Jason Stein praised his team's character after Barry Goldstein quarter-finalists Oakwood B recorded one of the results of the weekend as they dented FC Team C's promotion push in an eight-goal thriller.
Elliot Jackson, Adam Blin, James Abrams, Bobby Cousins and Dan Ash did the damage for Oakwood.
Team's goals came through Dan Stanton (2) and top-scorer Adam Stolerman.
Team must now beat Mill Hill next week in what is effectively a second place playoff.
Oakwood boss Jason Stein told JC Sport: "I was unable to attend the Team game as I undertook a scouting trip to Manchester, but when one is bequeathed with an assistant like Marc Conway there is never a need to worry.
"The win against one of the so-called 'better sides' was confirmation of our improvement since the New Year. That's five wins in a row now and seven wins in the last nine. It shows our true form. That is a great achievement and we're all delighted.
"Of course, it only serves to highlight what could have been had we started the season in a better fashion, but perhaps with the benefit of hindsight the transition from a failed regime to my one was always going to take some time.
"What is also clear is our character. Last week we were 3-0 down and won, this week it was 2-0 down. We've got to cut out the mistakes in the first place and develop a more ruthless streak, but it's massively encouraging to see us bounce back in the way we did.
"I think there was some frustration on the part of Team C at the end of the game , but I'd like to thank them for being accommodating in the build-up to the game. When they felt their home pitch would be unplayable, they informed me straight and paid for our home pitch to be used thus ensuring the game went ahead. Not every team has done that this year, including some of their promotion rivals, but if all the league participants took the same attitude as Team C then it would be an even better spectacle. Credit to them.
"It's Raiders B now and we're fully focused. In the same way the Jews were led out of Egypt, I hope I can lead Oakwood B to the semi final."