Redbridge A open up two-point lead at the top of the Premier Division table, while Boca Jewniors win 5-4, after trailing 4-0, to claim their first points – and win – of the season…
SUNDAY’S RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
Finchley City 6 Brixton Old Boys 0
Los Blancos 1 Athletic Bilbaum 2
NL Raiders B 5 Hendon United B 1
Oakwood B 2 Maccabi London Lions B 1
Redbridge B P Scrabble P (waterlogged pitch)
Hertswood Vale 4 Boca Jewniors 5
Mill Hill Dons 1 L’Equipe 5
NL Raiders C 2 Faithfold B 2
RC UK FC 2 FC Team B 1
Redbridge C 2 Temple Fortune 2
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: HENDON UTD A 2 NL RAIDERS A 2:
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
Jordan Davidson (Woodford Wanderers)
Yehuda Korman (Hendon United A)
Simon Peterman (Hendon United A)
Lewis Blitz (North London Raiders B)
Max Clynes (Oakwood B)
James Frener (Oakwood B)
Dan Linton (Oakwood B)
Ryan Cole (Redbridge Jewish Care A)
David Brown (RC UK FC)
Avi Mocton (RC UK FC)
Adam Speck (Temple Fortune)
Brett Stead (Temple Fortune)
Ben Cantopher (Athletic Bilbaum)
Lee Benson (Boca Jewniors)
Michael Rosenthal (Boca Jewniors)
Connor Perlmutter (FC Team A)
Rafi Kon (Finchley City)
Marc Woolfe (North London Raiders B)
Alex Koslover (Oakwood B)
Ben Peppi (Oakwood B)
Daniel Garfinkle (Redbridge JewishCare A)
Joshua Cinna (Boca Jewniors)
Richard Fogelman (Faithfold B)
Daniel Polak (Finchley City)
Oliver Sade (Finchley City)
Jack Roberts (North London Raiders B)
Dave Woolman (Oakwood B)
Dean Nyman (Redbridge Jewish Care A)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) Richard Fogelman (Faithfold B) – Nutmegged a couple of backtracking defenders, before unleashing a deadly strike into the bottom corner from the edge of the box
2) Jamie Jackson (Maccabi London Lions A) – Marauded his way through the middle of the park before unleashing a 30-yard power driver into the bottom corner
3) Jonah Gordon-Boyd (Athletic Bilbaum) – A peach of a free-kick from 25 yards, which curled over the wall and left the keeper wrong-footed
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) Jake Doffman (North London Raiders A) – Flung himself to his left and with a strong wrist parried the ball past the post
2) Dave Simnock (North London Raiders B) – Spread himself wide to stop a header at point blank range – a stunning save
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) Anton Nyman (Boca Jewniors) – “We fought so hard to get to our first win of the season at 5-4 – that’s called some team spirit and desire showed by the team.”
2) Sefton Monk (Boca Jewniors) – “That win [5-4 from trailing 4-0] goes out to all those managers and chairman in Jewish football that fight week in week out all summer to keep their club and passion alive for yet another season.”
3) Avi Markiewicz (RC UK FC) – “It looked like a cricket score was heading our way, but alas it wasn’t to be. We must have missed about that many chances though. We hit the woodwork at least 5 times, and missed a further 10 sitters.
4) Richard Fogelman (Faithfold B) – “I think a lot of their team were called Lisa as the ref had to deal with a lot of Mona’s!”
FC TEAM A 4 SPEC 1
Team bounced back from last week’s cup disappointment as they claimed their second league win of the season.
Richard Salmon, James Korn, Connor Perlmutter and James Stanley were all target for Mitch Young’s side, who told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was nice to get another comfortable win, we bossed the game and never really looked in danger aside from a couple of set plays.
“Some of our attacking play was superb and we consistently exploited the gaps in their defence. I was disappointed to have only scored two in the first half and in truth we were fairly wasteful throughout the whole game. Our new signings gave us a boost & Conor had a superb debut. We are moving in the right direction!”
Daniel Amram scored for SPEC, for whom player-manager Ricky Lawrence told jewishnews.co.uk: “After going 1-0 up, it was a shame we couldn’t hold the lead for longer. It was a decent game though and we look forward to facing Team again in the cup in a few weeks time.”
Avi Korman fired them ahead from the penalty spot early on, with Rocky Spitzer’s strike seeing them retain their lead on the stroke of half-time.
Manager David Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: “We came off the pitch today feeling that two points had been dropped. We led twice in the match only to be pegged back both times by a determined Raiders team, but felt that in the latter stages of the match we had the better chances to clinch it.
“Overall though this was a great game, on a superb pitch refereed very well between two fine teams. The football played was a credit to the league with both teams going for the win and in the cold light of day we should be satisfied to have taken four points off Raiders in the two league games this year.
“I think it is just about a better result for us rather than them – we remain unbeaten and one of our main rivals have an awful lot of catching up to do.
“Credit to both teams for a totally committed yet totally fair excellent match – we’d have loved the win but we accept the point gracefully and move on confident that our title hopes have not been dented too much.”
Dave Cohen netted their first equaliser, finishing off a superb move, before Liron Mannie ensured the game ended with a share of the spoils.
MACCABI LONDON LIONS A 4 CAMDEN PARK 1
Lions moved up into fourth spot as they piled the misery on Camden, who remain four points adrift at the bottom of the table.
Jamie Jackson scored twice, with James Gershfield and James Gold also on target.
Jake Saunders scored Camden’s consolation.
WOODFORD WANDERERS 1 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 3
Redbridge made it seven wins from seven as they went two points clear at the top of the table.
Manager Jon Jacobs told jewishnews.co.uk: “We needed last week’s wake-up call against Oakwood B to stir us into action.
“Today, Woodford were no match for a rampant Redbridge with their goalkeeper Jordan Davidson keeping them in the game with several top notch saves.”
Goals from Man-of-the-Match Dean Nyman, who was aggressive and bullied their back four the whole game, a superb free-kick from Ryan Cole and a solo dribble and a smart finish from Daniel Garfinkle, saw them to the win.
Tom Alexander scored for the Wanderers, with manager Daryl Kay telling jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a much better performance from last time. We had them at 0-0 up until five minutes left of the first half and then they scored a direct free-kick for 2-0 after about an hour. Just before that, though straight from kick-off in the second half, Tom should have made it 1-1, but he had a one-on-one effort well saved.
“It was a tough game out there, Redbridge and Raiders are the two best teams we’ve played by far. We huffed and puffed our way through the game, scored a consolation goal, but it proved too late.
“Our confidence is still high, we know there are games to come that we can win and just have to make sure we take our chances when they come.”
FINCHLEY CITY 6 BRIXTON OLD BOYS 0
Finchley consolidated their top-four placing as a Oliver Sade hat-trick helped them to this win.
Shim Bensoor, Daniel Polak and Alon Pinhas also all found the back of the net.
Manager Joel Holder told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a very professional performance from us again today and there were a lot of positives from the game. Our finishing over the last few weeks has been impressive whilst back-to-back clean sheets for the first time this season is also extremely encouraging.
“Special mention as well to Rafi Kon who was superb today in centre midfield. He dictated the tempo and created the space for our attackers who interlinked and interchanged superbly all game. I am running out of superlatives to describe Oli Sade who is quite clearly brilliant, but I need to also highlight Daniel Polak’s performance up top again today. He is the complete striker, his holdup play and movement today was exceptional and he contributed to all our goals.
“Our movement, passing and general play has improved substantially since the beginning of the season. Not only are we starting to play more cohesively, but our football has become more fluid and we starting to believe we can achieve something big this season.”
LOS BLANCOS 1 ATHLETIC BILBAUM 2
Bilbaum claimed their first win of the season – and in doing so dragged Blancos closer to the bottom.
Sam Deaner and Jonah Gordon-Boyd goals saw them to the win, with a club spokesman telling jewishnews.co.uk: “It was not a vintage Baum display but our hard work and endeavour brought the victory. We hope to bring our good form to Oakwood next week.”
Elliot Moslawy put Blancos ahead in the first minute, for whom manager Nick Grosse told jewishnews.co.uk: “So the threat of resignation and change of formation appeared to have spurred the boys on. We took an early lead and dominated the first half, but the tide started to turn when Bilbaum scored late in the first half with their first shot on target.
“The second half was much more of an even affair until they scored with their second shot on target – a wickedly deflected free-kick. After that the team lost its shape and despite hitting the bar twice, we were unable to avoid another defeat.
“As I told the team, the only difference between victory and defeat was our confidence. Had we been on a winning streak, rather than a losing one, we would have won the match without doubt. Hopefully the lads will be able to keep their heads high and regain the confidence required to secure victory next week against a Faithfold side that is obviously scared of us. I spotted their manager and assistant manager on the sidelines scouting us in preparation for our encounter next Sunday. One of them was even questioning me about the identity of my players while I was operating between the sticks…who said Maccabi football wasn’t important!”
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B 5 HENDON UNITED B 1
The Raiders stormed to the top of the table thanks to this comprehensive win.
Jack Roberts scored twice, with Jake Gilbert, Will Ufland and Lewis Blitz also on target.
Gid Barth scored for Hendon, for whom manager Jonathan Nesbitt told jewishnews.co.uk: “We can take some positives from the game we did look to play football in stages and when we got the ball down and passed it around we did create openings, unfortunately they are a very drilled team, and know how to capitalise on defensive mistakes.
“We are still working on gelling as a team, and this game really showed that we still have a lot to work on, which we hopefully do so by introducing training sessions in an attempt to introduce some cohesiveness and improve he general morale which is quite low right now.”
OAKWOOD B 2 MACCABI LONDON LIONS B 1
The Lions have been knocked off top spot as Oakwood claimed an impressive win thanks to two strikes from Dave Woolman.
O’s manager Jason Stein told jewishnews.co.uk: “Very pleased to win what was an important match. Lions B are an excellent side and that’s why I made the call to take advantage of the fixture list and use Dave Woolman today.
“I think it’s fair to say we were well on top first half and were pretty good value for a 2-0 lead, but that Lions were certainly the better side in the second half. They fought right until the end as I knew they would.
“I thought at times we were excellent today and defensively the back four did an unbelievable job.
“We needed this win to kick-start our season and we must ensure it does not go to waste and that we bring the same level of performance into the Bilbaum game next Sunday.”
Michael Kenley scored for the Lions, with manager Samuel Marchant telling jewishnews.co.uk: “As we have been doing for the past six weeks, we didn’t come out the blocks and found ourselves 1-0 down very early on.
“Another bit of sloppy defending and a lapse of concentration led to a second shortly after and it was really uphill from there.
“Oakwood were extremely well organised and tough to break down. The second half was a different story with Oakwood not creating a single chance, but we were unable to complete the comeback.
“Our poor run of league form recently is disappointing and we need to turn it around if we are to be close to the promotion spots come the end of the season. I can’t make excuses for today – we weren’t at the races, but having three boys (two in the starting lineup) not show up on the day with no notice causes major problems. The squad was still more than capable but we just couldn’t do the job on the day. Hopefully we can get back to where we need to be as soon as possible.”
REDBRIDGE B P SCRABBLE P
(MATCH POSTPONED – WATERLOGGED PITCH)
HERTSWOOD VALE 4 BOCA JEWNIORS 5
Boca claimed their first win – and points – of the season in stunning style as they fought back from 4-0 down to secure a stunning 5-4 win.
Joshua Cinna helped himself to a hat-trick – including a last-minute winner – with Jamie Leboff and Michael Rosenthal also on target.
Boca’s assistant manager Anton Nyman told jewishnews.co.uk: “From 4-0 down, we fought so hard to get to our first win of the season – that’s called some team spirit and desire shown by the team.
“We looked shocked after some blunders across the pitch and a couple of nice finishes from Hertswood, and we looked down and out. But Jamie grabbed one back just before the break and it gave us the second half impetus. We started as we meant to go on – winning the 50/50 balls, getting a second one back and fighting for just about everything.
“I couldn’t be more proud of each and every man across the team, and no more than we deserved. We missed a penalty at 4-2 down, had two scrambled off the line and it may have looked like the chance had gone, but as I said in the pre-match preview, Joshua Cinna was the man to pop up with the hat-trick.
“We also said it was a must win and we did exactly that – it was match which had it all, goals, fouls, rain and most importantly reward for the Boca faithful.”
Boca manager Sefton Monk told jewishnews.co.uk: “This victory means more than three points, it shows hard work dedication and behind the scenes work with organisational skills makes a difference.
“That win goes out to all those managers and chairman in Jewish football that fight week in week out all summer to keep their club and passion alive for yet another season.”
Elio Elia hit a hat-trick for Vale, with Sam Cohen also on target.
MILL HILL DONS 1 L’EQUIPE 5
L’Equipe moved six points clear at the top of the table as they claimed an emphatic away win.
The visitors had five different scorers on the scoresheet, with Mark Smith, James Mandel, Max Martin, Jonny Kay and Grant Bates all finding the back of the net.
Manager Nicholas Stern told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m one proud manager and we go week to week keeping this run up.”
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C 2 FAITHFOLD B 2
Two goals from the league’s leading scorer saw The Greens go joint-third in the table.
Richard Fogelman’s double – taking his tally to 20 for the season – earning them a point.
Faithfold’s Avi Garson told jewishnews.co.uk: “Our nemesis for the past couple of months has been the last quarter of games… We are playing well for 75 mins but we are incapable of holding onto our lead. Today though we played some neat one-touch football building it from the back. It really was a solid game of footy.”
Nick Haringman and Dan Tannenbaum scored for the Raiders, with manager David Domb telling jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m delighted with how we twice managed to recover from a goal down, though disappointed that we found ourselves in that position in the first place.
“The manner of the late goal will give us confidence into next week’s contest with a very impressive Temple Fortune.”
RC UK FC 2 FC TEAM B 1
The hosts moved up to joint-fifth as two strikes from player-manager Avi Markiewicz saw them to the three points.
He told jewishnews.co.uk: “We went 1-0 up within the first two minutes with a wonderful goal that involved every player on the team from front to back.
“We then scored a second 10 minutes later from the spot. It looked like a cricket score was heading our way, but alas it wasn’t to be. We must have missed about that many chances though. We hit the woodwork at least 5 times, and missed a further 10 sitters.
“We were undone by a speculative effort that slipped through the goalie however, we were indebted to our goaleeper Nati Kind who made a couple of worldies in very difficult and slippery conditions.
“We were solid all over the park it’s just a shame we weren’t able to convert our dominance into goals. It wasn’t simple but it was a win and we’re glad to be back in that groove.
“I’d also like to say that referee Luke Steele was excellent. He made mistakes but spoke to the players like adults and explained that he makes mistakes. Controlled the game fantastically.”
REDBRIDGE C 2 TEMPLE FORTUNE 2
Fortune failed to close the gap on the leaders, while Redbridge spurned the opportunity to go second with the points being shared.
Adam Lenz and Jordan Sharifian scored for Simon Linden’s side, who told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a good game and fair result. Shame we couldn’t nick the three points but I will settle for this.
“We played well in spells – credit to Redbridge for coming back into the game and the keeper for a great save in the dying minutes.”
Barry Green and Oli Hambling scored for Redbridge.