Oakwood A moved a step closer to the Premier League title thanks to Lior Sidle’s last-minute winner…
SUNDAY’S RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP FOURTH ROUND:
Redbridge Jewish Care A 7 Camden Park 1
Finchley City 2 North London Raiders B 2
Hendon United B 0 Scrabble 5
Los Blancos 1 Maccabi London Lions B 2
Redbridge Jewish Care B P Athletic Bilbaum P
MATCH POSTPONED – WATERLOGGED PITCH
Boca Jewniors P Temple Fortune P
MATCH POSTPONED – NO AVAILABLE PITCH
Catford & Bromley 2 Redbridge Jewish Care C 1
Hertswood Vale P RC UK FC P
MATCH POSTPONED – POOR PITCH
L’Equipe 7 Faithfold B 2
Mill Hill Dons 7 North London Raiders C 4
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: OAKWOOD A VS HENDON UNITED A:
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
Guy Ben Aroya (Catford & Bromley)
Marc Woolfe (North London Raiders B)
Loz Bloom (Catford & Bromley)
Tal Cohen (Catford & Bromley)
Gavin Fox (Catford & Bromley)
Joseph Reece (Mill Hill Dons)
Jordan Grant (Catford & Bromley)
Zac Garbacz (Hendon United A)
Harvey Kaye (Oakwood A)
Lee Warner (Oakwood A)
Daryl Rubin (Redbridge Jewish Care A)
Zack Neiman (Redbridge Jewish Care A)
Brandon Sassoon (Scrabble)
Sam Stead (Scrabble)
Adam Waters (Scrabble)
Jeff Gotch (Catford & Bromley)
Joel Lassman (Catford & Bromley)
Yarden Sharon (Catford & Bromley)
Ash Stokes (Catford & Bromley)
Richard Winton (Catford & Bromley)
Yehuda Korman (Hendon United A)
James Bell (L’Equipe)
Ryan Kramer (Mill Hill Dons)
Nick Phillips (Mill Hill Dons)
Jason Weldon (Mill Hill Dons)
Benji Weinberger (Maccabi London Lions B)
Simon Buchler (North London Raiders B)
Thomas Prais (Oakwood A)
Sam McCarthy (Redbridge Jewish Care A)
Ben Sollosi (Redbridge Jewish Care A)
Sam Sollosi (Redbridge Jewish Care A)
Elliot Espinoza (Scrabble)
Dan Green (Scrabble)
Zac Summerfield (Scrabble)
Lioz Tov (Catford & Bromley)
Leor Sidle (Oakwood A)
Dave Woolman (Oakwood A)
Dean Nyman (Redbridge Jewish Care A)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) Benji Weinberger (Maccabi London Lions B)
James Harpin played a fantastic long ball to Weinberger out wide, who took on his man and from the tightest of angles, rifled the ball into the roof of the net
2) Brandon Sassoon (Scrabble)
Brilliant play on the left saw Zak McLeod send in a dipping cross where Sassoon came from nowhere to produce a powerful diving header that left the goalkeeper with no chance
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) Marc Woolfe (North London Raiders B)
Had excelled in centre-midfield in the first half, but then donned the gloves for the second and pulled off a brilliant penalty save
2) James Harpin (Maccabi London Lions B)
Saved a bullet header from point-blank range
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) Jeff Gotch (Catford & Bromley Maccabi)
“I put in more running today than I have in the past two years.”
2) David Garbacz (Hendon United A)
“I left the pitch yesterday with the feeling that someone had broken into our home and had stolen a sentimental family heirloom in broad daylight.”
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP FOURTH ROUND: (number in brackets represents division of team)
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A (Prem) 7 CAMDEN PARK (Prem) 1
Redbridge comfortably booked their place in the next round as four goals from Dean Nyman helped them to this emphatic win.
Nate Kashket, Sam Sollisi and Daniel Garfinkle were also all on target.
Manager Jon Jacobs told jewishnews.co.uk: “We finally put a team to bed with a ruthless performance in front of goal.
Camden have been the bogey team for Redbridge in the last couple of seasons, halting our title march last season with a rugged 3-3 draw and this season, they beat us also in the league with another rugged performance.
“We knew what to expect this time and let the ball do the talking in this cup quarter-final. We will all be sitting at RJC HQ on Monday night to await the semi-final draw.”
MACCABI LONDON LIONS A 3 BRADY MACCABI 0
Lions moved up into joint-third thanks to this win, which came courtesy of goals from Adam Arnold, Alex Taylor and Brad Sharp.
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A 6 SPEC 0
The champions continued their recent good run of form with this emphatic win over the bottom side.
Matt Stock helped himself to a hat-trick, with Liron Mannie, Oscar Wagner and David Rhodes also all finding the back of the net.
SPEC player-manager Ricky Lawrence told jewishnews.co.uk: “Raiders were simply too good for us. I’m pleased we never gave up and it was nice for even the referee (Martin Fox) to give us credit for that but put simply, we’d struggle to match Raiders with a full strength squad, with 11 players, one of whom was drafted in just for today, it was always going to be an uphill battle.”
OAKWOOD A 2 HENDON UNITED A 1
An injury-time winner from Lior Sidle saw Oakwood open up a four-point gap at the top of the table as they beat Hendon for the second time in two weeks.
Kyle Bentwood had fired them ahead in the first half, only for Moses Seitler to level the scores, before Sidle’s provided a dramatic, late finish.
WOODFORD WANDERERS P FC TEAM A P
FINCHLEY CITY 2 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B 2
Raiders threw away a two-goal lead established in the opening ten minutes as the teams shared by just a point in the table had to settle for one each.
Will Ufland – with a superb left-footed strike from outside the box, and Josh Green had put them in an early, commanding position. But Elad Hertschen being sent-off for two bookable offences within 90 seconds of each other for the Raiders helped to enable Finchley grab a point.
Raiders manager Jonathan Adelman told jewishnews.co.uk: “We had to play close on 70 minutes with 10 men, and had to change goalkeeper at half-time.
“Our second half goalkeeper Marc Woolfe (who’d excelled in centre midfield in the first half then pulled off a couple of great saves including pushing away a penalty), and although they equalised soon after, we soaked up the pressure and played with real discipline to see out the game for a draw. But for a clearance off the line from Alex Goodman’s header and a super diving save in the final moments from Josh Green, we might have taken all three points.”
Josh Green and Oli Sade scored for Finchley, for whom manager Joel Holder told jewishnews.co.uk: “We started the game very slowly today and fully deserved to be 2-0 down after 20 minutes. We switched the tactics before half-time to try and get Oliver Sade and Jono Gaon more in the game and deservedly got a goal back.
“The biggest turning point in the game was when Raiders went down to 10 men. The pendulum swung in our favour once we equalised and it looked like we were the most likely to win. Unfortunately, we missed a penalty and a combination of some fine saves and poor finishing ultimately cost us today.
“I can’t fault the boys though because it was great show of character to come back from two goals down and we finished the game very strongly.
“It’s going to take a massive effort to win the league this year, but we are going to do everything possible to make it happen. We have 10 cup finals to go starting with Redbridge next Sunday.”
HENDON UNITED B 0 SCRABBLE 5
Scrabble kept up their promotion push with this comfortable win.
Brandon Sassoon, Adam Waters, Tom Prevezer, Zac Summerfield and Sam Stead all scoring for Ray Abrahams side.
He told jewishnews.co.uk: “We made hard work of this one and it was a case of turning to Plan B for the last 25 minutes.
“We’ve won three successive games now. Scoring 11 and conceding one since we went out of the Cup and we seem to be hitting form at the right time. Again two of our rivals have dropped points today and suddenly we are joint-second on points and just two points off top spot.
“With seven games left now we don’t want any slip-ups which could cost us promotion and the big prize of a place in the Premier Division.
“Credit to the Hendon boys today who battled for 90 minutes against us, but I feel that in the end that little bit of extra quality we possess shone through. Whilst we stuttered a bit at times today we also had some outstanding performances from some of the players and scored some superb goals. That’s nine points from our last three games now and a good level of consistency is now really important in our last seven fixtures if we are to have any chance of reaching the top flight in May.
“I’m privileged to be working with a great squad who are all winners and want more success for this club and whoever is selected is giving more than 100 percent for the shirt.”
LOS BLANCOS 1 MACCABI LONDON LIONS B 2
Two goals from Benji Weinberger saw Lions to both the three points and top spot in the table.
Manager Samuel Marchant told jewishnews.co.uk: “Today was a tough test for us. Although Blancos stand lower in the table, they are a strong and competitive side, and in the end we just about came through as winners.
“We had quite a few absentees today, most notable our two strikers Bloom and Kenley, and we knew it would be difficult in that sense too. The important thing is, we came through with the victory whilst playing nowhere near our capabilities and that is what sides need to do if they are to compete for trophies.
“Our six remaining league games are against all the teams around us, with us still to play home and away against Redbridge and Raiders, with Finchley City and Oakwood making up the other two. It’s a super-tough run-in and it’s going to take a lot of determination and passion to get maximum points but we know we are capable of special things and our destiny is well within our hands.”
Svi Freedman headed Blancos level, with player-manager Nick Grosse telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We followed up last week’s passionate 10-man performance with an immense effort.
“The team played with heart and skill, they kept their shape and followed the game plan perfectly. Going into half-time 1-0 down, we rallied to mostly dominate the second half, got the equaliser, but were left devastated after a breakaway goal in the 90th minute, following a set-piece in the Lions half.
“The lads can only take confidence from this perfomance, the table is brutal on our efforts this season. We continue to lose by the odd goal but are determined to finish the season on a high.”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B P ATHLETIC BILBAUM P
MATCH POSTPONED – WATERLOGGED PITCH
BOCA JEWNIORS P TEMPLE FORTUNE P
MATCH POSTPONED – NO AVAILABLE PITCH
CATFORD & BROMLEY 2 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE C 1
Catford claimed one of the results of the day as they ripped up their recent poor form by stunning their promotion-seeking opponents.
Richard Winton and Joel Lassman goals saw them to the points, with player-manager Jeff Gotch telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We had 11 men and they had 16, we were out of form they were flying.
At half-time and at 0-0, we felt a bit annoyed as we should have been 2-0 up, but in the second half all eleven showed grit and determination and we went ahead with 30 minutes to go. Redbridge were never threatening at this point and we doubled the lead. They got a consolation with two minutes to play, but the result was never in doubt and I nominate all eleven for team of the week!”
Jordan Sapler scored for the beaten visitors.
HERTSWOOD VALE P RC UK FC P
MATCH POSTPONED – WATERLOGGED PITCH
L’EQUIPE 7 FAITHFOLD B 2
L’Equipe increased their lead to 11 points as they thrashed The Greens.
James Bell and Andy Smith scored two each, with Mark Singer, Max Martin and John Kay also on target.
Player-manager Nicholas Stern told jewishnews.co.uk: “This was arguably our best performance of the season we won everything and were simply brilliant.”
Chaim Bordon scored twice for Faithfold.
MILL HILL DONS 7 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C 4
The Dons moved up a place thanks to this thrilling result.
Jason Weldon scored four times, with Sam Khan, Nicholas Phillips and Zach Cohen also all on target.
Manager Brandon Hamme told jewishnews.co.uk: “Another great performance from the boys today, absolutely delighted with the result. We were relentless the entire game, the passing and the finishing was superb. It was great to see Jason Weldon open his tally for the club, he was superb and deserved his four goals and the match ball.
“When we play like this we can beat any team in this league and we will look to make in three wins on the trot next week when we face Hertswood Vale for the first time.”
Jonny Blain scored twice for Raiders, with Adam Leveson and Nick Haringman claiming their other two. Manager Sam Rose told jewishnews.co.uk: “This was an extremely tough game played in poor pitch conditions. I don’t think the scoreline reflected the true nature of the game and aside from a few individual mistakes we actually played very well throughout the game.
“We won’t dwell on the result too much and will look to bounce back with a good result next Sunday against RCUK.”