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Gilbert chops down Oaks

Doron Salomon paid tribute to a rampant Raiders team as having weathered a storm in the first-half, blew promotion rivals Oakwood B away in the second half, with hat-trick hero Jake Gilbert leading the way.

    Although a cliche, this truly was a game of two halves. From the opening minute, Oakwood threatened to get in behind Raiders and it didn't take long for them to open up a lead. A fabulous pass was curved over the Raiders defence and slack marking allowed an Oakwood forward to finish clinically and confidently.

    Oakwood, pressing high, forced error after error from the Raiders players and they had so many good chances to extend the lead but let Raiders off and the half finished with just one goal in it.

    Raiders made a switch at half time, going from 3-5-2 to 4-3-3 and whether Oakwood realised or not, Raiders began to take a hold of the game.

    Raiders drew level 10 minutes into the second half when Rob Blackman's long-throw was headed in by  Gilbert.

    A frantic two minutes followed. Oakwood responded well to the goal and their forward, played in one-on-one tried to round Ben Law who read it and snaffled the ball. Raiders went up the other end and with David Esterkin setting the tone and pressing high, Raiders won the ball back and Esterkin had the composure to pick out Gilbert inside the area who did the rest with a low left-footed shot that arrowed into the corner of the goal.

    Raiders were well on top now and it was a set-play that brought goal number three. Rob Blackman's excellent in-swinging free kick was brilliant flicked into the corner of the goal by Esterkin.

    Goal four followed swiftly and saw a double hat-trick completed. Following excellent control and strength down the right, David Dinkin played in Rob Blackman who unselfishly played the ball across the penalty area for Gilbert to score. It was a hat-trick of assists for Blackman and goals for Gilbert.

    Raiders still had time to hit the bar and spurn further chances but this was game was a tale of finishing and on the day it was Raiders who were more clinical.

    Raiders joint-manager Doron Salomon told JC Sport: "It's easy to see why Jason refers to missed chances so often after games. His team were excellent for 45 minutes today but didn't do themselves any justice allowing us to go into half time just a goal behind.

    "We regrouped, made some changes and had some stern words about our individual and collective performances. The second was unrecognisable from the first and we showed exactly why we've won games playing with confidence and style recently.

    "Every single player can be proud of themselves, even Lewis Blitz who channeled Marouane Fellaini with a six-minute cameo that including a ball in the face and a kick to the calf that forced him off.

    "It's a shame we don't have a game next week to carry on our momentum but we've put ourselves in a strong position in the league and we want to make it as uncomfortable for Faithfold as possible!"

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