Jewish News-sponsored Real Hendon lost their opening game of the season, though there were emphatic wins for Hendon A, FC Team B, Brady Maccabi and Maccabi London Lions B…
RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
Blizzard Storm 1 Norstar London Raiders A 2
Camden Park 0 Hendon United A 6
FC Team A 2 Maccabi London Lions A 4
Harmen 1 Redbridge Jewish Care A 4
Brady Maccabi 6 Redbridge Jewish Care B 2
London Rovers 0 FC Team B 7
Norstar London Raiders B 1 Faithfold B 3
Real Sosobad 3 Los Blancos 2
Woodford Wanderers 2 SPEC FC 0
Boca Jewniors 1 Scrabble 4
Catford & Bromley 2 Temple Fortune 3
Faithfold C 5 L’Equipe 0
Maccabi London Lions B 6 Athletic Bilbaum 1
Norstar London Raiders C 3 Real Hendon 2
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C 3 REAL HENDON 2…
WEEK TWO MATCH REPORTS:
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
DAN BERESFORD (FAITHFOLD B)
SIMON LESLIE (SCRABBLE)
ADAM SPECK (BLIZZARD STORM)
JAKE WEINER (FC TEAM B)
DAN HOWARD (FAITHFOLD B)
SAMMY KINGSTON (MACCABI LONDON LIONS B)
ROB KLEINMAN (FAITHFOLD B)
ALEX TAYLOR (HARMEN)
DARREN BROWN (REDBRIDGE A)
BRAD COHEN (BLIZZARD STORM)
SAM MONJACK (BRADY MACCABI)
BRAD COHEN (FAITHFOLD B)
SAM REEVES (FAITHFOLD B)
JON BREGER (FC TEAM B)
SAM CICUREL (MACCABI LONDON LIONS B)
DANIEL FATTEL (MACCABI LONDON LIONS B)
BEN SOLLOSSI (REDBRIDGE A)
JOSH NEWMAN (BRADY MACCABI)
LEOR HAREL (FAITHFOLD B)
ANDY SHEENA (FC TEAM B)
RICHARD SALMON (FC TEAM B)
DOVI FEHLER (HENDON UNITED A)
YOAV KESTENBAUM (HENDON UNITED A)
JOSHUA FLAX (SCRABBLE)
JONATHAN PETERS (SCRABBLE)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) SAMMY KINGSTON (MACCABI LONDON LIONS B) – Left-back dribbled with the ball from the half-way line before unleashing a 35-yard effort into the top right hand corner.
2) DEAN ROSENTHAL (MACCABI LONDON LIONS B) – Finished off a fine team move, involving goalkeeper Ed Brafman, Josh Bloom and Jake Hyman.
3) ANDY SHEENA (FC TEAM B) – Receiving the ball 35 yards out from goal, flicked the ball over the on-rushing defender trapped the ball and with no back lift, powered the ball into the top corner.
4) SAM REEVES (FAITHFOLD B) – His second of two free-kicks, this one another unstoppable effort into the top right-hand corner.
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) YAAKOV GOLDIN (REAL HENDON) – A stunning full-stretch stop to tip around the post Will Ufland’s curling goal-bound effort
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) DAVID GARBACZ (HENDON UNITED A) – “13 goals in two games – the honey will be tasting sweeter than usual tonight.”
2) MITCH YOUNG (FC TEAM B) – “It was one of the best goals I ‘ve seen in 10 years of Sunday football.”
BLIZZARD STORM 1 NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A 2
The champions got off to a winning start, though they were pushed all the way by a battling Storm side.
Alex Kaye and David Dinkin scored for the Raiders, with manager Rob Richman telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We are pleased to mark the start of the season with a win. It was a tough game where Blizzard deserve a lot of credit for the way they defended throughout. Si set his team up superbly and I’m sure he’s really encouraged with how they played. We played well in patches but there’s a lot more to come for us and I’m sure we will show that sooner rather than later.”
Dean Shaw was on target for the hosts, for whom player-manager Simon Linden told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a really positive performance. I’m delighted with my boys attitude, for the entire 90 minutes we didn’t stop working and stuck to the game plan.”
CAMDEN PARK 0 HENDON UNITED A 6
Hendon made it 13 goals in two games as they racked up another emphatic win to hand Camden defeat in their first game of the season.
Dovi Fehler bagged his second consecutive hat-trick, with Ari Last, Greg Corin and Yoav Kestenbaum also on target.
Manager David Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: “We put in another top notch display today. It took us about 15 minutes to get going today but once Dovi nipped in to score a great opener we were in total control. We looked sharp in all positions but going forward is where it is particularly exciting this year. We look to have plenty of goals in us from all positions and today we were back to our solid best at the back as well. Once again Dovi took home the match ball with another ultra sharp display, but the service around him was spot on as well with Greg, Yoav, Ari Last and Avi Korman all showing great early season form.
“I thought Camden fought well and certainly competed hard. They were unlucky to catch us on a very good day but they will be a good addition to the Premier league this year. The signs for us though are very encouraging – 13 goals in two games – the honey will be tasting sweeter than usual tonight.”
Camden manager Will Castle told jewishnews.co.uk: “We matched them for the first 20 minutes, but when the first goal went in our heads dropped and they were simply much much better than us.
“Hendon were fantastic and will definitely be challenging for the title come the end of the season. We need to now pick ourselves up; learn from our mistakes and go into the next game fully focussed.”
FC TEAM A 2 MACCABI LONDON LIONS A 4
Lions claimed their first win of the season thanks to goals from Harry Hatchwell, Connor Perlmutter, David Soutar, and an own goal.
David James Cohen and Dan Perkins replied for Team.
Team manager Ben Gilbey told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was an extremely disappointing game, which we somehow lost 4-2. They scored their four goals within 15 minutes of the first half where we completely fell apart, the other 75 minutes were completely controlled by Team. Even with the terrible 15 minutes and conceding four goals, we should have still won the game, after seeing countless chances go past. It really should have finished 10-4 to FC Team, still without taking all our chances.
“Credit to Lions though as they had five chances all game and took four of them, that’s football!
“We will learn from this loss and strive to ensure that this doesn’t happen again. In terms of some of the football played and chances created, we looked absolutely unstoppable, however, there are many elements of the game that need to be tuned, to ensure that the results are reflecting our performances.”
HARMEN 1 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 4
Redbridge claimed their first win of the season as goals from Steven Summers, Darren Brown, Daniel Garfinkle and Scott Oldstein handed Harmen defeat in their first match.
James Gershfield scored for Harmen, for whom Joel Alterman told jewishnews.co.uk: “With seven players out this week finishing off holidays and recovering from injuries, we fully expect to come out fighting against Raiders next week and not let this early defeat drag us back.”
BRADY MACCABI 7 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B 2
Brady got their season off to a winning start as they produced this emphatic win.
Sam Monjack and Josh Newman both scored hat-tricks, with Elli Dagul’s strike making it a sweet seven, with player-manager Josh Dagul telling jewishnews.co.uk: “From 1-11 we dominated today. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season. Hopefully this result can be the springboard to a successful season.”
Josh Orgel and Carl Dobrin netted consolation goals for the visitors.
LONDON ROVERS 0 FC TEAM B 7
Mitch Young’s side got their season off to a flying start, as the Rovers slumped to their first defeat of the season.
Andy Sheena helped himself to a hat-trick, while Richard Salmon and Jon Breger both scored two each. Player-manager Mitch Young told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was an outstanding effort from my Team. To start the season with a 7-0 win I’m ecstatic. I was disappointed with our first 20 minutes as we missed four-five clear-cut chances to kill the game early and game Rovers some hope but after that we were relentless. Every attack we looked like scoring and Rovers probably didn’t know what had hit them. We gave them nothing and defensively also held our shape well. Everyone from 1 -14 played a part and played well.
“We have set the standard for us and laid down a marker in this league. The Team know what I expect of them and what they expect of each other and we must keep this up as it is a very long season. Our squad is strong Salmon and Sheena are bidding to do out do each other in goal scoring and that was without Ben Binder! Rovers are nice guys and I wish them well. Shana Tova and bring on next week.”
Rovers manager Jeremy Brown told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a very tough day, we had a good first half but conceding two soft goals just before half-time gave us a bit too much work to do against a very good team.
“The second-half became very difficult and losing our first league game in over a year feels a bit sour. All we can do now is bounce back as quickly as possible and focus on collecting as many points as possible this season. Shana Tova to all.”
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B 1 FAITHFOLD B 3
Faithfold claimed their first win of the season as they turned in an impressive performance at the Raiders.
REAL SOSOBAD 3 LOS BLANCOS 3
Real Sosobad are a point clear at the top of the early table, though were held to just the one by the Blanco boys.
Scott Jay, Elliot Coulton and Josh Jacobs scored for the hosts, with Joel Kutner, Adam Hersh and Tim Heynes hitting back for Blancos.
Sosobad manager Daniel Shafron told jewishnews.co.uk: “I felt we did enough to win the game today but lapses in concentration ultimately cost us the three points.
“Blancos had a good first half and put us under some difficult pressure. They deserved their goal and maybe we were a little lucky to go in to the break level. The second half was mostly us and I’m disappointed we conceded two very sloppy goals. We had plenty of opportunities to finish the game off including a clear penalty shout and an easy one on one in the last minute.
“We must use this week to analyse what we need to improve on before what will be another difficult game next week. Nevertheless on a positive note, we have stepped up a league and remain unbeaten. It’s a good start going in to the New Year.”
WOODFORD WANDERERS 2 SPEC FC 0
Two goals from Tom Alexander saw Woodford get their season off to a winning start, though it’s two straight defeats for SPEC.
BOCA JEWNIORS 1 SCRABBLE 4
Scrabble top the table after making it two wins from two.
Josh Sheridan scored twice, with Mitch Green and Jonathan Peters also on target.
Manager Ray Abrahams told jewishnews.co.uk: “We ran out 4-1 winners in the end, but this was a frustrating morning as we had 70 percent of the play and over 20 corners but our neat passing game came to nothing in the first half as the sides went in at 0-0 at half-time.
“They defended well against all our pressure and were very dangerous on the break. We shuffled things around a bit, made a sub at half-time, made changes in the final third and then scored after a few minutes of the second half to go 1-0 up, with another three in the next 20 minutes to win us the game.”
CATFORD & BROMLEY 2 TEMPLE FORTUNE 3
Temple Fortune made a winning start to the season as they won this five-goal thriller against the Cats.
Adam Lenz’s late strike, smashing the ball in after a goalmouth melee earned them the points, with Bobby Benson’s penalty and an own goal seeing them to win.
Player-manager Jonathan Cohen told jewishnews.co.uk: “We were poor in the first half and just could not get going or stuck in. The second half though saw a dramatic improvement and in all honesty it was one-way traffic. We changed the formation and caused them some problems.
FAITHFOLD C 5 L’EQUIPE 0
Faithfold put in a five-star performance as they romped to victory.
Dave Sherman and Leor Harel scored two each, with Dan Gordon also finding the back of the net.
Green’s boss Rob Shooman told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a good competitive game , we made a lot of chances and converted five, though it could have been seven or eight. On the whole a good performance from us, they were restricted to only a few chances which our goalkeeper dealt with.
“There’s room for improvement in our game but for early days in this division we have to be pleased with this result.
L’Equipe were a very hard working side and they should go on to have a good season.”
L’Equipe manager Nick Stern told jewishnews.co.uk: “The performance that we faced from L’Equipe today… will never happen again. Onto next week!”
MACCABI LONDON LIONS B 6 ATHLETIC BILBAUM 1
London Lions got their season off to a flying start – as they inflicted a second defeat of the season on Bilbaum.
Josh Bloom was on target twice, with Ed Brafman, Sammy Kingston, Daniel Mattey and Dean Rosenthal also all finding the back of the net. Lions manager Samuel Marchant told jewishnews.co.uk: “We came out the blocks superbly, scoring in the first ten minutes through the super-cool Josh Bloom, which stamped our authority on the game.
“Apart from ten minutes in the match where we appeared to drift out of the game, admittedly it was 4-0 at the time, we were by far the greater side. We don’t expect to get results like that every week, where i’m sure we will face tougher opposition. It was a perfect start to the season for us and we played some great football. We still have lots of work to do in training and we can only improve on today. Great overall performance.”
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C 3 REAL HENDON 2
Jewish News-sponsored Real Hendon found themselves 2-0 up with 50 minutes on the clock thanks to RA Noe’s quick-fire double early in the second half, but a stirring comeback from the Raiders, thanks to goals from Alex Elf, Will Ufland and Nick Haringman, saw them claim the points.
Hendon player-manager Chaim Gothold told jewishnews.co.uk: “Obviously disappointed, but we did well to go 2-0 up and our limited pre-season showed in the last 25 minutes when we got totally run over.
“I thought we did well, as a new team, coming to a big pitch like the Ark and almost pulling off a win against a good, young Raiders team who have clearly been playing together for a while.
“We will learn from this and come back stronger. We know we can compete with any team in this division.”
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