Raiders A move up into third spot following their emphatic 12-0 win, while Hertswood Vale claimed their first league win of the season.
SUNDAY’S RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
PETER MORRISON TROPHY FOURTH ROUND (played on Thursday):
Faithfold B 2 Maccabi London Lions U21’s 7
PETER MORRISON TROPHY FOURTH ROUND:
Maccabi London Lions Masters 4 Brady Maccabi 2
Oakwood A 5 FC Team A 1
SPEC FC 0 North London Raiders A 12
Woodford Wanderers P Maccabi London Lions A P
Athletic Bilbaum P Faithfold A P
Maccabi London Lions B 5 North London Raiders B 1
Redbridge Jewish Care B 3 Finchley City 1
Scrabble 4 Los Blancos 3
Catford & Bromley 2 Boca Jewniors 0
Mill Hill Dons 1 Hertswood Vale 4
RC UK FC 2 North London Raiders C 4
Temple Fortune 4 Real Hendon 4
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
Tony Plaskow (North London Raiders C)
Scott Shear (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Loz Bloom (Catford & Bromley)
Ben Davis (Hertswood Vale)
Danny Feuer (Hertswood Vale)
Jordan Harris (Hertswood Vale)
Ashley Hirschberger (Hertswood Vale)
Fred Kramer (Maccabi London Lions U21)
Andy Cohen (North London Raiders C)
Yomi Cohen (Real Hendon)
Hezzie Raymond (Real Hendon)
Dan Andrews (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Richie Caplin (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Danny Stock (Scrabble)
Yoel Deal (Finchley City)
Josh Cohen (Hertswood Vale)
Elio Elia (Hertswood Vale)
Adrian Leibovitch (Hertswood Vale)
James Millet (Hertswood Vale)
Josh Wood (Hertswood Vale)
Dean Rosenthal (Maccabi London Lions B)
Jonny Kay (North London Raiders A)
Eyal Samovich (North London Raiders C)
Liam Stein (North London Raiders C)
Zack Collins (Oakwood A)
Tom Prais (Oakwood A)
Daniel Bean (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Brad Gayer (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Elliot Espinoza (Scrabble)
Dan Green (Scrabble)
Adam Waters (Scrabble)
Harry Graham (Hertswood Vale)
Alex Elf (North London Raiders C)
Danny Sherman (Scrabble)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) Jack Mattey (Maccabi London Lions U21)
Produced a moment of magic as he beat the Faithfold goalkeeper with a free-lick from the halfway line
2) Chaim Gothold (Real Hendon) – Curled a 25-yard free-kick beautifully into the top corner
3) Michael Kenley (Maccabi London Lions B)
Received a curling 40-yard pass from Isaac Virchis, volleying it first time from 10 yards out across the goalkeeper. See Van Persie vs Aston Villa for a carbon-copy
4) Alex Elf (North London Raiders C)
A right-foot curling shot from from just outside the area for his side’s opener
5) Josh Bharier (Scrabble)
Picked the ball up from distance after some great interpassing play, fired in a dipping long-range effort for a last second winner
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) Tony Plaskow (North London Raiders C)
Plunged down low to his right to keep superbly save a penalty
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) Anton Nyman (Boca Jewniors)
“A ridiculous first half penalty went against us for the craziest handball decision you’ll ever see
2) Daniel Shafron (North London Raiders A)
“This was another super performance however I’m frustrated by two things – one I wasn’t there to see it and two, I missed what I have been told was one of the most incredible hat-tricks scored by Jonny Kay!”
3) Nick Grosse (Los Blancos)
“Completely and totally gut wrenching. You could list all the expletives in the urban bible and that still wouldn’t come close to describing how bad the lads felt after the game.”
PETER MORRISON TROPHY FOURTH ROUND: (number in brackets represents division of team)
FAITHFOLD B 2 MACCABI LONDON LIONS U21 7 (played on Thursday)
The young Lions continued their fine cup run as two goals from defender Fred Kramer helped them to this emphatic win/
Jack Mattey added two more goals to his cup tally for the season, with Josh Burns, Jamie Cohen and Max Kyte also on target.
Manager Joe Zender told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m not one to normally scream and shout about a performance, but we were again fantastic. A spirited team came together and put on another fine display, as our youthful side put seven past a physical Faithfold team who saw themselves tiring as the game went on.
“We now look forward to taking on the Men’s A team in the next round and hope we can continue the run of form.”
JJ Marrache and Avi Garson scored for The Greens.
MACCABI LONDON LIONS MASTERS 4 BRADY MACCABI 2
The Masters continued their fine cup run by knocking out the Premier Division side.
Adam Stolerman scored twice for Dan Jacobs’ side, with Adam Myeroff and David Soutar also on target.
Reiss Mogilner scored twice for Brady.
OAKWOOD A 5 FC TEAM A 1
Oakwood moved seven points clear at the top of the table thanks to this comfortable win.
Zack Collins scored twice, with David Woolman, Leor Sidle and an own goal completing the win.
Oakwood joint-manager Daniel Kristall told jewishnews.co.uk: “A fairly straightforward victory in a match that I think we would have struggled in earlier in the season (and in fact we did drop points at their place), but we have found a way to be more clinical and unbelievably strong at the back. We are a different side to the one that started the season.
“Our goalkeeper Jacko only touched the ball with his hands once and that was when he picked up the ball out of his net after a debatable penalty midway through the second half. He must have been as cold as us on the touchline!
“I felt that we controlled the game from the early stages and as soon as we scored the first, we totally dominated. We used our squad and everyone got plenty of game time which was pleasing for Blanky and I.
“On another day, if our final ball into the box had been slightly better, we could have won by a much bigger scoreline but the main thing was to take the points and move on and that’s what we did.
“We now focus on our tough run in that begins in March. We know how difficult the three games will be, but we have the momentum and we will prepare well over the coming weeks and although in the mean time the results of our title challengers games could prove vital, we have the opportunity to control our own fate and that is a strong position to be in.
“Up next is a resurgent Raiders side who have been free scoring of late. We always have very close games with them and we know how difficult it will be. We will have to be at our best in March to stay in the race.
“On a final note, we wish Lee Warner a great time on his travels. He has been fantastic this season and we will miss him for the run in. We look forward to hopefully welcoming him back next season!”
Player-manager Mitch Young scored for Team.
SPEC 0 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A 12
The champions followed up last week’s 7-0 win over SPEC by completing the double over them by scoring another dozen.
Jonny Kay scored a third of them, David Dinkin, Nick Lewis and David Cohen all scored two each, with Ben Ellis and an own goal completing the rout.
Raiders manager Daniel Shafron told jewishnews.co.uk: “This was another super performance however I’m frustrated by two things – one I wasn’t there to see it and two, I missed what I have been told was one of the most incredible hat-tricks scored by Jonny Kay!
“We played 55 minutes with ten men and had nine for the remainder of the game however, the boys were relentless in attack and to score twelve goals for the second time this season is quite amazing.
“We now need to assess a couple of injuries and prepare for our cup quarter final next week against our B team. Results like today are often seen as a freak and whilst we can enjoy this win, we need to stay focused on some big games to come.”
SPEC player-manager Ricky Lawrence told jewishnews.co.uk: “There are simply no words. Credit to Raiders though, they were very good.”
WOODFORD WANDERERS P MACCABI LONDON LIONS A P
ATHLETIC BILBAUM P FAITHFOLD A P
MACCABI LONDON LIONS B 5 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B 1
Lions maintained their four-point lead at the top of the table with this impressive win.
Dean Rosenthal scored twice, with Michael Kenley, Ben Winters and Benji Weinberger also on target.
Manager Samuel Marchant told jewishnews.co.uk: “Today we were expecting a tough match and the first half proved exactly that. If anything, we were fortunate to take the lead on a quick counter, and then after conceding, we managed to reply two minutes later with a wonder strike from Michael Kenley.
“I wouldn’t say we deserved the lead at half-time but that’s how football is sometimes. The second half was an entirely different proposition, we scored an early goal and came out like a new team playing with intensity and pressure. The second half could have seen us score many, many more goals had we taken our chances.
“What started off looking like a tough morning became less-so as the time went on and today was a big victory for us. We have super-tough fixtures coming our way and we need to be prepared to keep our hopes of promotion alive.”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B 3 FINCHLEY CITY 1
Redbridge made it nine wins from ten games to keep up the pressure on the leaders.
Dean Ben-Yosef, Brad Gayer and Dan Andrews were all on target for the home side.
Rafi Kon scored for Finchley, for whom manager Joel Holder told jewishnews.co.uk: “We had a very depleted squad available today, which ultimately cost us.
“We started the game well, but found ourselves 1-0 down at half-time, despite creating a couple of good opportunities. However, at the same time, we had to thank our goalkeeper Bradley Segal for a couple of unbelievable saves.
“The turning point of the game came at the beginning of the second half when we missed a golden chance to equalise, but I cannot fault the commitment and desire of the boys today. The game was played in very difficult conditions and any team missing the likes of Sade, Gaon and Polak are going to suffer.
“It’s probably fair to say that the title is looking increasingly unlikely, but we are definitely in the race for promotion. We also have the Cyril Anekstein semi-final against Redbridge A to look forward to. Our season is by no means over, but we need to get back to winnings ways starting with Lions B next week at Rowley Lane.”
SCRABBLE 4 LOS BLANCOS 3
Scrabble continued their promotion push, but were pushed all the way for the points, edging this seven-goal thriller.
Adam Waters, Danny Sherman, Sam Stead and Josh Bharier were all on target for Ray Abrahams’ men. He told jewishnews.co.uk: “What a classic, what a game – a real advert for this league with two fully committed sides looking to get the ball down and play some fantastic football.
“We felt we were unfortunate not to be given the goal that without doubt I felt crossed the line in the first half and that may have changed the game, but we are delighted to have won our fourth league game in a row and in some style.
“There were times in this game when we looked every bit promotion candidates and yet again I am so proud of the effort the lads put in to win this one against a very good side who must have felt gutted to lose in the dying moments, but Blancos deserve all the credit for a terrific performance against us and they are a great bunch of guys who play the game the right way.
“We’ve got six cup finals from now to the end of the season and after today’s results it looks like a three horse race for the title.We will give it everything in every game and see where it takes us.
“We’ve started scoring goals as well now that’s 15 in four games. It’s not going to be easy though because all the sides at the top are on fire and the games between us will decide things but we started the season with a target of going up and that hasn’t changed.We will give it our best shot and try and pick up the points we need to finish in the top two.”
Mitch Green scored twice for Blancos, with Adam Hersh claiming their third. Manager Nick Grosse told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was another great display from the Blancos and another defeat. That’s three in a row now after showing incredible skill, passion and teamwork. With the scores having ping ponged to 3-3 and both teams pushing for the winner, a lapse in the Blancos defence saw Scrabble grab a last-minute winner.
“That’s two weeks in a row now we’ve been undone by a top-three team in the last minute. Completely and totally gut wrenching. You could list all the expletives in the urban bible and that still wouldn’t come close to describing how bad the lads felt after the game.”
CATFORD & BROMLEY 2 BOCA JEWNIORS 0
Catford made it two wins on the spin as they claimed this comfortable win.
Joel Lassman and Ashley Stokes were both on target, with player-manager Jeff Gotch telling jewishnews.co.uk: “It wasn’t pretty, but was pretty comfortable.”
Boca’s Anton Nyman told jewishnews.co.uk: “A ridiculous first half penalty went against us for the craziest handball decision you’ll ever see. We fought hard till the end but couldn’t get the better of them.”
MILL HILL DONS 1 HERTSWOOD VALE 4
Bottom side Vale claimed their first win of the season as they put in one of the performances of the season.
Goals from Harry Graham, Elio Elia, Josh Cohen and Man-of-the-Match James Millet inspiring the visitors to the elusive win.
Vale’s Jacob Emanuel told jewishnews.co.uk: “An absolutely perfect team performance. Although our attacking players will get a lot of the credit, a super defensive display, specifically from Ashley Hirschberger and captain Josh wood ensured keeper Jack Shulman had little to do.”
Ryan Kramer scored the host’s consolation.
RC UK FC 2 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C 4
The home side’s hopes of promotion suffered a set-back after Raiders turned in a stunning performance.
Alex Elf helped himself to a hat-trick, with Liam Stein also on target. Manager Sam Rose told jewishnews.co.uk: “We saw the camera’s pre-match and wanted to show RCUK what we were made of. They knew they were facing a different Raiders to earlier in the season but I’m not sure they were expecting this performance.
“We’ve got a fantastic attitude in this group now and have an identity and a style that we want to play in and I think next season will hold great things. If I were you, I’d ask RCUK for the highlights reel.”
Moishe Lewis scored twice for the hosts, with player-manager Avi Markiewicz telling jewishnews.co.uk: “So yet again we go from beating a Premier Division team to loosing to a team in our division. We knew this time around that Raiders would be up for it and when we lined up against them we hardly recognised a single player from the last game.
“We started off when a defensive mistake allowed their striker a free run on goal and they scored a second from a completely unmarked corner. We grabbed one back by a great debut goal from Moishe Lewis. By half-time though, we were already playing with 10 men. We had one sub and two of our players received hard kicks so had to go off and it would get worse in the second half.
“About five minutes after kick-off, a third player went off and we were now down to nine men and that’s pretty much how it stayed. Raiders grabbed a good third, we then missed an extremely poorly taken penalty, but did grab one back soon after. However again straight after kick-off, in our desperate attempt to get all square a mistake cost us and we were left to wonder what would and could have been.”
“But even with nine men, we still dominated but rushing the final ball coupled with desperation to move it from the back quickly led to mistakes and is what cost us.”
TEMPLE FORTUNE 4 REAL HENDON 4
Fortune saw their promotion hopes take a dent as they were held to a point in this thrilling draw.
Hendon player-manager Chaim Gothold and Benny Sluckis were both on target, with two own goals earning the visitors a point.
Gothold told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a tough game in tough conditions and the draw was probably a fair result.”
Mike Woolf, David Sawyer, Jordan Sharifian and Gab Stone scored Fortune’s goals.