North London Raiders C ended their Division Two campaign with a 1-1 home draw against promotion-seeking Redbridge C.
SUNDAY’S RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
FC Team A 1 Redbridge A 10
Hendon United A 2 Brady Maccabi 0
Maccabi London Lions A 1 SPEC FC 1
Woodford Wanderers 2 Camden Park 2
Athletic Bilbaum 1 Oakwood B 3
Finchley City 6 Faithfold A 4
Los Blancos 5 Hendon United B 0
Redbridge B 1 Maccabi London Lions B 2
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C VS REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE C:
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
Jack Shulman (Hertswood Vale)
James Harpin (Maccabi London Lions B)
Josh Alswang (North London Raiders C)
Zac Garbacz (Hendon United A)
Alex Rosenthal (Hendon United A)
Ben Davis (Hertswood Vale)
Danny Feuer (Hertswood Vale)
Bailey Snow (Hertswood Vale)
Joel Barnett (Los Blancos)
Josh Cramer (Los Blancos)
Nathan Anders (Maccabi London Lions B)
Ricky Zeiderman (North London Raiders C)
Dani Dennison (Oakwood B)
Zack Neiman (Redbridge Jewish Care A)
Daryl Rubin (Redbridge Jewish Care A)
Simon Bagel (SPEC)
Ryan Fox (SPEC)
Laurence Rosenthal (SPEC)
Sam Roth (SPEC)
Nick Wallis (SPEC)
Adam Speck (Temple Fortune)
Rafi Kon (Finchley City)
James Millet (Hertswood Vale)
Adam Isaacs (Mill Hill Dons)
Nick Phillips (Mill Hill Dons)
Daniel Selwyn (Oakwood B)
James Berkley (Redbridge Jewish Care A)
Brett Stead (Temple Fortune)
Jono Gaon (Finchley City)
Harry Graham (Hertswood Vale)
Louie Libbert (Los Blancos)
Jordan Sharifian (Temple Fortune)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) Nate Kasket (Redbridge Jewish Care C)
WATCH THE GOAL HERE!
Picked the ball up midway inside Raiders half, evaded four challenges, before sweeping the ball home
2) James Abrams (Oakwood B)
Played a wonderful one-two with Ben Buck, before hitting the ball across the goal
3) Louie Libbert (Los Blancos)
A sweetly 25-yard strike which flew into the top corner
4) Oli Sade (Finchley City)
Took the ball past a couple of players, before finishing superbly from 20 yards out.
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) Jack Shulman (Hertswood Vale)
Tipped a stunning effort onto the bar with an equally stunning save
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) Jason Stein (Oakwood B)
“I was pleased to get the job done on a pitch not fit for farm animals”
FC TEAM A 1 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 2
Redbridge laid down their title ambitions as they put ten past Team.
James Berkley, Nathan Sollosi and Dean Nyman all scored two each, with Matt Berkley, Zack Nieman, Daniel Garfinkle and Sam Sollosi completing the rout.
Richard Salmon scored Team’s consolation.
HENDON UNITED A 2 BRADY MACCABI 0
Hendon moved to within a point of top spot as goals from Zac Lewis and Moses Seitler saw David Garbacz’s side to the win.
Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: “We were not totally at our best but we did what we had to do. On another day we may have scored five or six as our strikers missed some glorious chances and their goalkeeper produced some excellent saves. Saying that Russ also made two vital stops late in the second half which kept our two-goal lead intact which was always important.
“Brady are a decent side – they had a good shape about them and frustrated us for the whole of the first half. However, we didn’t panic at half-time and knew that if we remained patient and played our football then the chances would come.
“We scored twice very early in the second half but weren’t able to truly kick on from there, however we did feel that we controlled the game pretty much from the off and were always reasonably confident of coming away with the points.
“This was a vital win however, we knew nothing less than three points would do and overall we were more than happy with the win. It sets up a real super Sunday next week. Redbridge v Hendon and Oakwood v Raiders. Without kicking a ball,Oakwood have seen a seven-point lead being reduced to one and any one of three teams can find themselves as title favourites after next week’s games depending on the results. It promises to be an exciting build up – we have a few walking injured at the moment so the treatment room will be busy this week in a desperate attempt to get people fit.”
MACCABI LONDON LIONS A 1 SPEC 1
SPEC caused arguably the shock result of the day as they bounced back from conceding 19 goals in two losses, by holding the Lions to a point.
Ben Kaye’s goal earned SPEC a point, with player-manager Ricky Lawrence telling jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a great performance from the whole team. We’ve been on the receiving end of some bad results in recent weeks, so to defend like we did against a talented Lions side was brilliant. Lions may have had all of the ball but I think they’d be fair and say we deserved our point due to how we defended.”
WOODFORD WANDERERS 2 CAMDEN PARK 2
Two sides lodged in the bottom three maybe not unsurprisingly earned a point each.
Dan Baneth and David Khalastchi scored for the visitors, for whom manager Stirling Kay told jewishnews.co.uk: “Woodford scored with both their chances, both of which drew them level.
“Both our goals came from good moment off the ball with great finishes from Dan and David. Throughout, both halves got the ball down and played very well, causing Woodford to be on the back foot. With the exception of 15 mins at the end of the first half, I felt we were in control of the game. We just needed to make better decisions in the last third and move the ball a bit quicker. We coped very well with the continuous bombardment of long balls throughout the game, yet their goals came from us losing the ball, they took advantage and scored two very good finishes.
“With the game being played with total commitment from both teams, referee Brandon Peters handled the game very well, allowing the game to flow. Unfortunately for us we had a perfectly good goal disallowed when the ball went over the line, but the referee does’nt have a camera to help him, another time we will get it go our way.
“I was delighted with my players attitude in my first game, they are very eager to improve as individuals and as a team. I will be looking for improvements all round and with that comes the results. There’s no man-of-the-match, all 12 players put in a good shift good steady performance from all.”
ATHLETIC BILBAUM 1 OAKWOOD B 3
The O’s kept alive their promotion hopes with this comfortable victory.
Goals from Sam Modlin, Kyle Bentwood and James Abrams put them 3-0 up, before Bilbaum netted a late consolation goal.
Manager Jason Stein told jewishnews.co.uk: “I was pleased to get the job done on a pitch not fit for farm animals.
“It was a really hard game to get any sort of momentum for because the pitch was so poor. It’s not enjoyable.That being said a win is a win and that’s three in four for us now.
“We’ve got big challenges around the corner with games against Raiders B and Lions B and we need to use those games to show we’re better than our form in the big games suggests.”
FINCHLEY CITY 6 FAITHFOLD A 4
Finchley moved up into fourth spot as they won this ten-goal epic.
Jono Gaon helped himself to a hat-trick, with Oli Sade, Daniel Sinclair and Eli Davila also all on target. Manager Joel Holder told jewishnews.co.uk: “We started reasonably well and deservedly went 1-0 up. However, our lead didn’t last long and 15 minutes later we found ourselves 3-1 down, before we scored again before half-time which put as back in the game.
“We spoke very openly at half-time and the boys agreed that our football was too pedestrian and if we started moving the ball quicker, we would create more chances. Our two substitutes at half-time, Yoel Deal and especially Jono Gaon made a huge difference.
“Despite finding ourselves 4-2 down, Daniel Sinclair scored a great header to get us back to 4-3 and with 30 minutes to play, Jono Gaon almost single-handily won the game for us. He was not even close to match-fit, but he absolutely terrorised the Faithold defence. They could not handle his movement, skill and finishing. It was one of the most complete performances I have seen all season.
“It was a massive test of character for the boys to win the game at 4-2. Faithfold are a hard team to play against, but I always felt that with the quality we possess, we always had a chance. Despite our results over the last month, the quality of our performances have not dropped and there has been a lot of stand-out performers. It was Gaon on Sunday who really stole the show and helped us get back to winning ways.”
Marc Charles scored twice for Faithfold.
LOS BLANCOS 5 HENDON UNITED B 0
Blancos put some more distance between themselves and the bottom three sides as they ran out emphatic winners against the division’s bottom side.
Louie Libbert scored a hat-trick, with Josh Cramer and Avi Kestenbaum also scoring. Manager Nick Grosse told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a solid display from Blancos. It was good to keep a clean sheet and score a few goals. It’s a shame that we have played much better in recent weeks but not had the same results. The league table simply doesn’t do us justice so I was pleased that the lads could walk away winners.”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B 1 MACCABI LONDON LIONS B 2
Lions won the clash of the top-two with an injury-time winner to increase their lead at the top of the table to seven points.
Benji Weinberger and Daniel Fattal scored the goals, with manager Samuel Marchant telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Today was a massive game for us and there is no other way to put it. We had to win to keep our promotion hopes alive and we’ve done just that in a fantastic manner.
“On a very windy day and a bobbly-pitch, our usual football style wasn’t best suited and it was tough finding ourselves 1-0 down to a set piece after 15 minutes. We changed quite a bit tactically and equalising before half-time was perfect.
“We went out in the second half and fought as hard as we could and had two or three fantastic opportunities, most notably hitting the bar from four yards out when the ball bobbled up. At times like that I thought it might not be our day but our second half performance was heroic. We defended well and Redbridge only had one shot on target in the second half. Having Daniel Fattal fresh-legged on the bench really helped and is what got us over the line. He came on with 10 minutes to go and the ball fell at his feet in the box with virtually the last kick of the game in the 93rd minute and he tucked it away as cooly as you can.
“We’re all delighted with the result as we keep the pressure up on Scrabble and Raiders B and also managed to beat Redbridge at their home, who were unbeaten all season in the league. Next week against Oakwood is just as big as today was and we need to cement this week’s result by continuing to get the required victories. A great day for our entire team today and we certainly have kept our promotion dream alive.”
Richie Caplin scored for Redbridge.
CATFORD & BROMLEY 1 HERTSWOOD VALE 5
Vale continued their recent stunning turnaround as they made it three wins from three to lift themselves off the bottom of the table.
Harry Graham and James Millet scored two each before half-time to send them into the break 4-0 up. The hosts pulled one back at the start of the second half, but Josh Gorb tapped in five minutes from time to cap off another great Sunday morning.
Joint-manager Jacob Emanuel told jewishnews.co.uk: “Three wins on the spin, another incredible performance and we continue our end of season hype.”
MILL HILL DONS 5 RC UK FC 4
Game of the day saw the Dons edge a nine-goal thriller, while at the same time adding another dent to the visitors’ promotion hopes.
Adam Isaacs scored twice for the Dons, with Sam Kahn, Joel Sinclair-Horne and Nick Phillips sealing the win.
Manager Brandon Hamme told jewishnews.co.uk: “What a performance from the boys today, we really showed up and improved on our disappointing defeat to Hertswood Vale.
“This result showcased further that on our day we can beat anyone in this league. It was a great team performance filled with many solid individual displays. We didn’t let our heads drop when RCUK found a way back into the game and we managed to put that disappointment behind us and prepare mentally for the second half in which we looked much stronger defensively.
“There was a real positive vibe in the camp and we are looking forward to facing Hertswood Vale next week, hoping for a better result this time round. There is no reason why we can’t be coming back to Mill Hill with all three points.”
Player-manager Avi Markiewicz, Dovi Vogel, Avi Levy and Leor Harel replied for the visitors.
Nate Kashket had put Redbridge ahead with a stunning solo effort, though Liam Stein earned the hosts a point.
Raiders manager Sam Rose told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m extremely happy with the performance today. Our passing game has come on really well in the last few weeks and we proved that when we get the ball down on the ground we’re a real threat.
“With two 1-1 draws against Redbridge this season we’ve shown how close the two sides are, and I think on another day we could well have taken all three points.”
TEMPLE FORTUNE 5 FAITHFOLD B 0
Fortune moved to within a point of second spot as Jordan Sharifian’s hat-trick inspired them to the three points.
Brett Stead and Jake Marks were also on target in a match which saw debuts given to the returning Ben Isaccs and Jason Lindsey. Manager Simon Linden told jewishnews.co.uk: “In the build-up to today’s game, we spoke about the importance of going about our business correctly, controlling games and picking up maximum points from our remaining fixtures – today was a fantastic win. I can’t fought anyone, it was a great win and it’s important we take this into next week’s game against Catford.”