There were wins for the top two in the Premier Division, Woodford are back to winning ways, while Scrabble made it 11 wins from 11 by scoring 16 goals in Division Two…
RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
Brady Maccabi 3 Faithfold B 3
Brixton Old Boys 2 Redbridge Jewish Care B 1
North London Raiders B 3 Real Sosobad 1
SPEC FC 2 Los Blancos 3
Woodford Wanderers 2 FC Team B 1
Athletic Bilbaum 1 North London Raiders B 4
Catford & Bromley 2 Hendon United B 1
FC Team C 1 Faithfold C 1
Maccabi London Lions B 7 Boca Jewniors 1
Real Hendon 5 L’Equipe 0
Scrabble 16 Temple Fortune 0
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A 1 HENDON UNITED A 0
WEEK 16 MATCH REPORTS:
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
OPHIR LETHBRIDGE (CATFORD & BROMLEY)
RUSSELL CORIN (HENDON UNITED A)
ADAM BARON (REAL HENDON)
BEN ROSENTHAL (WOODFORD WANDERERS)
MARK WAYNE (CATFORD & BROMLEY)
CHAIM KORMAN (HENDON UNITED A)
ALEX ROSENTHAL (HENDON UNITED A)
SAM CRAMER (LOS BLANCOS)
BENJY ISRAEL (LOS BLANCOS)
JAMIE KUTNER (LOS BLANCOS)
ALEX LEWIS (LOS BLANCOS)
ALEX BLOCH (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A)
JUSTIN SPIRO (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A)
CHARLES BRAUNSTEIN (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C)
ADAM LEVESON (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C)
MARTIN SMULOVITCH (REAL HENDON)
ARI LAST (HENDON UNITED A)
NICK LEWIS (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A)
ALEX GOODMAN (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C)
MARC WOOLFE (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C)
LOLU HIBBERT (REAL HENDON)
SAM SOLLOSI (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
ELLIOT ESPINOZA (SCRABBLE)
JOSH FLAX (SCRABBLE)
ZAK MCLEOD (SCRABBLE)
ADAM WATERS (SCRABBLE)
JOSH BLOOM (MACCABI LONDON LIONS B)
DAVID DINKIN (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A)
DANNY SHERMAN (SCRABBLE)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) OSCAR WAGNER (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A)
As ball dropped down to him on the edge of the box, half-volleyed a brilliant dipping effort, over the goalkeeper and just under the bar, into the far corner (watch it above)
2) BEN SOLLOSI (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
Scored the goal of the game, curling a peach of a shot into the corner from the edge of the box
3) LOLU HIBBERT (REAL HENDON)
Hit a screamer into the top corner from 35 yards out
4) ZAK MCLEOD (SCRABBLE)
The first of his five goals was a 40-yard dipping lob into the top corner
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) RUSSELL CORIN (HENDON UNITED A)
Dived full length to push round the post a stinging 20-yard drive
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) ADAM GLEKIN (HENDON UNITED B):
“Thank *#+^ for the winter break which gives us a few weeks to sort out our disappointing form.”
2) DAVID GARBACZ (HENDON UNITED A):
“With the disappointing and worrying Faithfold pull out we now find ourselves in a Chelsea like position at totally the wrong end of the table. I’m expecting the dreaded vote of confidence from the board any day now.”
(FAITHFOLD RESULTS EXPUNGED)
FAITHFOLD A P HARMEN P
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A 1 HENDON UNITED A 0
Raiders are now seven points cleat at the top of the Premier Division table following this win over Hendon, who slip down to seventh place, Oscar Wagner netting the winner.
Manager Rob Richman told jewishnews.co.uk: “Today was a really top result against a very strong Hendon side. As is always the case when we play Hendon the game was competitive but played in exactly the right spirit and a credit to the league we play in. It was also excellently refereed. Both sides went all out for the win but in truth both defences dominated with some excellent performances from both sides. I felt we probably shaded possession and created more opportunities but there wasn’t too much between the sides. We got some huge luck when at 0-0 Yoav Kestenbaum missed a really gilt edged chance. But in these sort of games you do need a little bit of luck. The further the second half went the more confident I was we would get a goal. Ben Ellis and Nick Lewis both went close, the latter forcing another in a long line of excellent saves from Corin. And then super sub Oscar Wagner grabbed what was to be the winner with a goal that was befitting the quality on show as he effortlessly half volleyed over Corin who had previously looked unbeatable.
“Even losing skipper David Rhodes for the last fifteen minutes didn’t phase us as we held out to secure a really important ninth win out of nine. Rhodes will have an operation to reset a broken arm and we all wish him well and a speedy recovery. There’s a long way to go and we know everyone will push us hard in the second half of the season but we can be really pleased with our first half of the season and it caps off a brilliant 2015.”
Assistant–manager Greg Corin told jewishnews.co.uk: “We were close to a full strength squad today for the first game in a long time and it was a hard fought contest between two of the very best of Jewish football.
“We were unlucky to lose the game, we were well organised, determined and nullified their attacking threats, but this was a typical match where we didn’t manage to take our chances and allowed them just a half-chance which we were punished for. A draw would have been a fair result in my view.
Moving forward we need to take the positives out of the game. If we keep our players fit and available then we still believe we’re the team to beat. From our next game onwards, we have to continue to keep working hard to turn our season around as we should be competing at the top of the league.”
Manager David Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: ” I received a full report on the game from Greg having been unable to attend this week. By all accounts we were exceptionally unlucky to lose – we played well and kept it tight at the back with excellent performances from Russell, Chaim Korman and Alex Rosenthal in particular and further forward we missed a couple of glorious chances to take the lead, one when Seitler broke through early on and another when Yoav missed a one on one.
“This was always going to be a game of small margins and if we were to win we really needed to put one of those away. In the second half once Raiders took the lead we fought well to try to equalise but it was not to be. Although it hurt us I was pleased for Oscar Wagner – he is a great young player who I have known since he was a baby and perhaps we should have snapped him up this season. The difference is confidence and belief – Raiders are full of it and are superbly professional at closing a game out once they go ahead – although we played really well, because our results have been so unlike us this year we are not seeing games through or taking our chances. Believe me there is still not a lot between the two teams and hopefully we will be on the right end of these results in the second half of the season. With the disappointing and worrying Faithfold pull out we now find ourselves in a Chelsea like position at totally the wrong end of the table. I’m expecting the dreaded vote of confidence from the board any day now.”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 5 FC TEAM A 0
Redbridge are now two points clear in second spot thanks to this convincing win.
Daniel Garfinkle scored twice, with Steve Summers, Sam Sollosi and Ben Sollosi also finding the back of the net.
BRADY MACCABI 3 FAITHFOLD B 3
Brady dropped what could prove to be two vital points in the title race as they were held to a point by the basement boys.
Dan Cohen and Alon Pincus had seen them take a 2-0 lead, though they weren’t helped when Ash Freeman saw red. Having seen Brady pull a goal back, Sam Leader’s 35-yard strike saw them restore their two-goal advantage, but two late goals ensured Brady claimed a point.
Dan Beresford, who is joint-manager of the side following the folding of the A team, told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a great team performance from the boys. Having bossed the first half, losing a player and going down to 10 men was always going to be hard.
“Brady are a good young side and I’m sure they’ll win the league. Onwards and upwards for Faithfold, now let’s hope we can move up the table.”
Reiss Mogilner, Daniel Harrod and Josh Newman scored for the leaders.
BRIXTON OLD BOYS 2 REDBRIDGE B 1
Brixton are out of the relegation zone after they won a six-pointer against fellow strugglers Redbridge.
Josh Cohen and Gideon Gold scored for Brixton, with Jimmy Castle scoring for Redbridge. Sam Rank told jewishnews.co.uk: “The boys will be kicking themselves for not taking their chances. We dominated the game and didn’t deserve to be on the losing team. They will move on from this game and are hopeful of a strong second half of the season.”
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B 3 REAL SOSOBAD 1
The Raiders picked up a much-needed win as they picked up the points which sees them move to within two points of Sosobad.
Jamie Shaw scored for the visitors.
SPEC FC 2 LOS BLANCOS 3
SPEC spurned the chance to go top of the table as Blancos claimed a thrilling win to move up into fifth spot.
Darren Russell, Richard Hayim and Joel Kutner scored for the victors, for whom joint-manager Jonathan Ison told jewishnews.co.uk: “Finally! It’s been three draws on the trot, and we turned it into three points with a fantastic performance against Spec, who were on an excellent run before today. They may have had the largest support of the season, with over 10 on the sidelines, but our squad of 12 (including me!) came up trumps on the day – proving quality over quantity.
“Every single player was immense today. They created very little, besides having a lot of set-pieces, which we dealt with very well. I have said all season we can mix it with any team in the league when we have a full squad – we had many regulars missing today, so I expect other teams to be fearing Blancos moving into the second half of the season.”
Laurence Rosenthal and Daniel Pike scored for SPEC, for whom player-manager Ricky Lawrence told jewishnews.co.uk: “We were second best for the majority of the second half and Blancos took their chances in fairness to them.”
WOODFORD WANDERERS 2 FC TEAM B 1
Woodford consolidated moved to within a point off top spot as they scored two goals in the last three minutes – including with the last kick of the game – to win in the most dramatic of styles!
Scrappy defending, after having to shuffle things around, saw them behind, and they were indebted to Ben Rosenthal pulling off a superb stop to keep it at one.
However, with three minutes remaining, Alex Aviram whipped in a free-kick from the right which was prodded home by the shin of Martin Sales.
It got even better for them with practically the last kick of the game when a long throw from Team was collected by Rosenthal, who started a counter-attack down the left wing. Harrison Midda ran 40 yards with the ball, before squaring to Tom Alexander who scored with a cool finish under the goalkeeper.
Joint-manager Daryl Kay told jewishnews.co.uk: “This was probably the best win we’ve had this season. I said in our season preview that our mentality will be different this year and no one will have an easy game against us and I’m being proved exactly right. Great way to end the year!”
Lorian Madanes scored for Team, for whom player-manager Mitch Young told jewishnews.co.uk: “It’s very disappointing. I’m not sure how we lost, we controlled the game and missed a hat-ful of chances – even with our bare bones, me in goal and only 11 men! It was a proper run and grab job from Woodford, but they’re good guys and their goalkeeper was Man-of-the-Match. We need to improve going into 2016 as currently we are below the standard expected of ourselves.”
ATHLETIC BILBAUM 1 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C 4
Raiders are up into sixth spot and right back in the promotion shake-up following this fine win.
A breathtaking first half display saw them open the lead within a minute when Alex Goodman chased down a ball, and after a mistake between defender and keeper, slotted into an open net. Bilbaum equalised, but two minutes later, Will Ufland restored their lead from the penalty spot.
Alex Elf made it three, and picked up a fourth before the break when Charles Braunstein turned and fired home. Manager Zack Gothelf told jewishnews.co.uk: “This was a really pleasing result, we always talk about starting strongly and scoring so early was great. To retake the lead so quickly after conceding made a massive difference and if the first half had gone on any longer, it could have been five, six or seven by half-time. We’ve developed a real skill this season of looking solid and soaking up pressure. It’s probably why a lot of teams feel they deserve more from matches, but to have that resilience and ability to soak up pressure is a rarity in this league. Our ability when going forward is also right up there. We’ve got a tough couple of games after the break but we’ll be raring to go – it’ll be worth bringing the cameras along to those games.”
CATFORD & BROMLEY 2 HENDON UNITED B 1
Hendon’s poor run of form continued as they were beaten in the proverbial game of two halves.
Hendon started the game well and were the better team in the opening 45 minutes, but had only a scrappy goal by Ben Blackston to show for their dominance. However, the hosts improved after the break and went on to win on the game thanks to two headers, Yarden Sharon, returning from a nasty eye injury, equalised, before Jamie Sinai scored the winner, 20 minutes from time, finishing off Danny Yeshua’s cross.
Cats player-manager Jeff Gotch told jewishnews.co.uk: “After falling behind to a sloppy goal in a one-sided first half we felt lucky to be going into the break only one down. I made a change, went 4-3-3 and also gave the team a rollicking that was deserved, we came out a different unit and in all honesty could have had a lot more
Hendon manager Adam Glekin told jewishnews.co.uk: “It’s the most frustrated I’ve been after a game for a long time. This was a game we really should have won. We completely outplayed them in the first half, and should’ve been 3 or 4 up. The crux of the half time team talk was the fact that the game was by no means won, yet we didn’t show up for the second half. It’s three points thrown away and a horrible way to end the year, but thank *#+^ for the winter break which gives us a few weeks to sort out our disappointing form.”
FC TEAM C 1 FAITHFOLD C 1
Both sides had to settle for a share of the points, which were two less either would have been hoping for.
MACCABI LONDON LIONS B 7 BOCA JEWNIORS 1
Lions are now just three points off second spot thanks to this win.
Josh Bloom scored four times, with Ed Brafman, Daniel Fattal and Elias Cohen also finding the back of the net.
Elio Elia scored Boca’s consolation, finishing off a great through ball from Josh Rosenfeld. Boca’s Anton Nyman told jewishnews.co.uk: “We started far too slowly, giving away a goal after 20 seconds and it was a downhill spiral from there. We were outclassed across the pitch and despite the scoreline doing us no favours with a few unjust refereeing calls contributing to about three of the total, the Lions fully deserved the win.
“It was good to see us fight until the end and get the late consolation, but we need to take that fight into the new year and at least we don’t start the year bottom of the league!”
REAL HENDON 5 L’EQUIPE 0
Real Hendon are up into second spot thanks to this handsome victory.
Gav Noe scored twice, with Motty Korman, Lolu Hibbert and Ra Noe also finding the back of the net.
Real Hendon’s Motty Korman told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was an excellent performance, especially after starting with 10 men after a few late drop outs and we dealt with the threat of the L’Equipe front players well. I’m very pleased with the result, but we should have scored more, we’ll be working on our finishing over the two weeks break. (Gav and RA take note).
“Credit to L’Equipe who kept fighting until the end and here’s hoping we can continue our excellent form in to the new year.”
SCRABBLE 16 TEMPLE FORTUNE 0
Scrabble made it 11 wins from 11 as they recorded the biggest League win of the season.
Zak McLeod helped himself to five goals, with Elliot Espinoza scoring four. Andy Cohen and Adam Waters scored two each, with Jonathan Peters, Don Nineberg and Danny Sherman completing the rout.
Scrabble manager Ray Abrahams told jewishnews.co.uk: “All credit to the Temple Fortune players and management who turned out and played the game with a fantastic attitude and spirit despite the gulf in quality between the two sides.We hope things improve for them because they are a great club with a big tradition and hopefully they can regroup and try again next season.
“As for my lads, we took the opportunity today to improve our goal difference and we were really on fire but we take no pleasure in scores of this nature. But we achieved our 11th win on the spin and I’m so proud of the situation where we sit on top of the table with 33 points and a 100 percent record at the half-way point in the campaign.We look forward to 2016 and completing the job next May.”
Fortune player-manager Jonathan Cohen told jewishnews.co.uk: “We were beaten by a side who will clearly win the league but we should have showed more fight.”