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Champions back on top

Defending champions Oakwood are back at the top after hitting Raiders for six, securing their sixth win in seven matches in the process.

    Joint-manager Dan Kristall praised his players for a job well done. He told JC Sport: "This was an excellent display and win from our guys. We were superb from the first minute.

    "We absolutely flew out of the traps scoring within a minute. We were 5-0 up by the 50th minute and the only disappointment was that we slightly lost our intensity for a 20-minute spell in the second half in addition to missing lots of chances to make it a much bigger scoreline which I am sure Shaf will agree with me that on another day, we could have scored double figures.

    "Our front three of Brad Wine, Sidle and Cuby were devastating in the first half - Raiders simply couldn't get close to them. Make no mistake, this was a fired up Raiders side after last week's big win against RJC. They fielded a very strong side and didn't give up. They responded well in the second half scoring two nice goals themselves.

    "Our pressing and movement in the first half was as good as I have seen this season. We had the right balance in midfield where Kyle Bentwood led excellently and we looked fairly solid at the back without the injured Alex Lee and Tom Cantor. We are delighted that Leor is back amongst the scorers. I told him mid week that the goals would come.

    "We were without some big-hitters - Sam Cantor and Alex Lee - but we showed how strong our squad is and I think we are improving each week after a rusty start to the season.

    "Every game is a tough test and we will now aim to recover some of the injured guys ahead of our tricky test at Redbridge in a fortnight."

    Jonny Kay and Zack Neiman were the marksmen for Raiders.

    NLR manager Dan Shafron told JC Sport: "This is a game we have to forget quickly. To go 1-0 after one minute from misjudgement put us on the back foot immediately and against a side like Oakwood, it’s not something you can afford to do.

    "The second, fifth and sixth goals were also horrendous mistakes on our part, however not for one minute will I take credit away from Oakwood.

    "We now have five league games remaining and we have to dig deep for some big performances."

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