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Depleted Lions frustrate defending champions

Ryan Springer believes Maccabi London Lions deserved more after they finished honours even with defending champions and table-toppers Oakwood A.

    Things had not started well for Oakwood. After the early serious injury to Tom Cantor and concussion to skipper Kyle Bentwood, along with a massive list of injured players, Oakwood faced an almost impossible task against a Lions side "full of Saturday players," including Austin Lipman.

    Josh Cuby had given Oakwood the lead with a superb free-kick. Strikes from Sam Hammerton and Max Misrahi put a patched-up Lions side a 2-1 ahead before Simon Davies rescued a point late on for Oakwood who now sit a point clear at the top.

    Lions boss Ryan Springer told JC Sport: "Disappointingly we had five players pull out between Saturday night and kick-off.

    "Fortunately we still have a number of very committed boys at the club who stepped in at the last minute to help the side out.

    "Thanks to them we managed to pull off a fantastic performance in a game we feel unlucky to have only come away with one point from.”

    Oakwood joint-manager Dan Kristall praised his team's character and told JC Sport: "This ended up being a point gained. As opposed to last week, where we felt we dropped two points, this was a big point given the circumstances.

    "With our last two results and news from the Raiders-Hendon game, it just goes to prove how good this league is.

    "It’s wide open which can only be a good thing.

    "The Prem Division is the strongest in the three years I’ve been involved and is a great advert for Jewish football.

    “We wish Tom Cantor a speedy recovery. He’s a true warrior and has been brilliant this season.”

    "We turn attention to a very tricky cup semi on Sunday where we hope to recover some of the walking wounded. 

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