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Raiders win Orange derby

A double from Dave Esterkin steered Raiders into the next round as Rob Richman's men added to Norstar's woes with a 4-2 win in a match moved to the Ark Academy.

    JC CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP ROUND TWO
    NORSTAR A 2 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A 4

    A double from Dave Esterkin steered Raiders into the next round as Rob Richman's men added to Norstar's woes with a 4-2 win in a match moved to the Ark Academy.

    David Dinkin and Elliot Espinoza sealed victory for Raiders in this all-Premier Division tussle.

    Josh Green bagged a brace for Norstar.

    Raiders boss Rob Richman told JC Sport: "Firstly, I have to thank Phil and Norstar as they did absolutely everything to get the game on today. Once John Lyon was deemed unplayable it was very clever thinking to switch the game to the Ark as everyone was keen to play football.

    AAfter a sloppy start, where we gifted Norstar an early lead, we quickly got into the game and a penalty from Dinkin and an Esterkin header put us 2-1 up at half time.

    A second Esterkin header and a rare Espinoza goal put us 4-1 up, but from there we switched off and it wasn't the greatest last 20 minutes from our point of view.

    "Tactically we did a good job in stopping their major threats. We identified Jonny Kay and Jamie Freed as their two main men and we knew if we could stop these two we'd have a good chance of winning the game. Espinoza did a brilliant job stopping Kay from playing and we were delighted that Freed was kept on the bench until the 85th minute.

    "Overall we know we can play a little bit better than we did today, but our aim was to make sure we were in the hat for the next round of the draw for the cup and we have managed that."

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