Woodford Wanderers clinched the Division One title after they beat FC Team B 2-1…

by Andrew Sherwood

SUNDAY’S RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):

PREMIER DIVISION:
Oakwood A 4 North London Raiders A 0

DIVISION ONE:
FC Team B Woodford Wanderers 2 (match photos & title celebrations) (video highlights) (Wanderers dedicate title win to late boss)

DIVISION TWO:
Faithfold C 1 North London Raiders C 1
FC Team C 3 Boca Jewniors 1
Temple Fortune 1 Maccabi London Lions B 8

MGBSFL/MASTERS INVITATIONAL CUP QUARTER-FINALS:
SPEC 5 L’Equipe 2 (played on 11 May)
Redbridge B 2 Los Blancos 2 (Redbridge won 3-1 on penalties)

SEMI-FINAL DRAW:
SPEC VS North London Raiders B Masters
(22 May, 10am at the Hive 3G)
Redbridge B VS Scrabble Masters
(24 May, 8pm at the Hive 3G – TBC)

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LEAGUE GOALSCORERS CHART

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TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:

GOALKEEPERS:
ELLIOT JACKSON (OAKWOOD A)

DEFENDER:
DALE BRADMAN (OAKWOOD A)
ALEX LEE 
(OAKWOOD A)

ADAM SHAFRON
(WOODFORD WANDERERS)

MIDFIELD:
JACOB EMANUEL
(BOCA JEWNIORS)
GUY HELMAN 
(OAKWOOD A)
BRAD GAYER
(REDBRIDGE B)

STRIKER:
JAKE HYMAN
(MACCABI LONDON LIONS B)
DAVE WOOLMAN (OAKWOOD A)
HARRISON MIDDA
(WOODFORD WANDERERS)

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TEAM OF THE WEEK

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GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS

1) JAMES RYAN (WOODFORD WANDERERS)
A stunning strike from an acute angle which thundered in off the underside of the bar – to seal the Division One title

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SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:

1) YAACOV GOLDIN (FC TEAM B)
Brilliantly spread himself to deny Harrison Midda from six yards out

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:

1) ALEX AVIRAM (WOODFORD WANDERERS)
“I’d like to dedicate the Championship win to the loving memory of late Paul Hyams aka 5 foot who lost his battle to cancer in November 2015.”

2) JONATHAN COHEN (TEMPLE FORTUNE)
Frankly on a firm, bobbly pitch and in the hot sun we suffered from not being as young and spritely as them as the game wore on.”

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PREMIER DIVISION:
OAKWOOD A 4 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A 0
Oakwood moved up into joint-second thanks to this thumping win over the champions.Dave Woolman scored twice, with Sam Cantor and Jonny Quinn also on target

O’s joint-manager Daniel Kristall told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a superb win against the champions to finish off a season of real progress. We will now aim to use this season as a platform for next year as we seek to win silverware.

“Raiders just had no answers and by the time we scored the first goal in the 65th minute, the flood gates opened.

“We know that the Raiders squad was tested after a difficult couple of weeks with injury and the Morrison disappointment last week, but I felt we took full advantage once we scored the first goal.

“On another day, it really could have been a bigger scoreline and it was probably due to our lack of games (two in the last two months), that we didn’t really punish them at times, especially in the first half.

“After a few words at half-time, I felt our second half performance was far more direct and our final ball certainly improved. They struggled to cope with the creativity of Helman and the movement of Wooly and Cantor up front.

“We finish the season with the best Jewish defence in the country, conceding only 12 goals which is a great achievement.

“If it had not been for three 0-0 walkovers, twice against Harmen and once against Blizzard, I feel we’d have comfortably finished second on goal difference. I certainly feel we were the second best side in the division this season.

“Finally, Mazeltov to Rob and to the Raiders team. They have been by far the best and most consistent team in the league this season and fully deserve their league title.

“We know that they are the benchmark for the next campaign. It’s all about starting next season well and being very difficult to beat. We can’t afford the slip ups that we had in September/October this season as they really end up costing you in May.

“A busy summer ahead and we look forward to next season!”

Raiders joint-manager Rob Richman told jewishnews.co.uk: “We made the decision yesterday to fulfil the fixture despite only having eight first team regulars. We were kindly helped out by a couple of players from our ‘B’ team and ‘C’ team and I was forced into playing the entire game too. Oakwood were full strength and keen to set down a marker and coming up against a weakened side they did as I would expect and ran out comfortable winners.

“It wasn’t much of a spectacle and really not the greatest game, but Oakwood had too much quality in their side for our makeshift team to handle. Fair play to them.

“Frustratingly next weekend when we play Redbridge is the Maccabiah men’s football trial which half our side are trialing in. so it’s going to be very tough to field any sort of side. I obviously want all my side trialing in that and hope they all get in but that’s going to have an impact on our ability to field a side. We will do our best but it’s going to be a long drawn out last few weeks of the season for us.”

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LATEST STANDINGS:

  P W D L F A Diff Points
NL Raiders A 14 12 1 1 45 18 27 37
Oakwood A 16 11 3 2 36 12 24 36
Redbridge A 15 10 3 2 55 29 26 33
Hendon A 15 7 3 5 43 21 22 24
Harmen 16 6 3 7 37 37 0 21
FC Team A 16 6 1 9 34 45 -11 19
London Lions A 16 5 2 9 21 41 -20 17
Camden Park 16 3 2 11 17 46 -29 11
Blizzard Storm 16 1 0 15 13 52 -39 3

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DIVISION ONE:

FC TEAM B WOODFORD WANDERERS 2
Goals from Harrison Midda and James Ryan saw Woodford to the win which saw them secure the title.

David Grossman had drawn Team level from the penalty spot midway through the first half.

(match photos & title celebrations)

(video highlights)

(Wanderers dedicate title win to late boss)

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LATEST STANDINGS:

  P W D L F A Diff Points
Woodford 20 13 6 1 44 15 29 45
SPEC FC 20 12 2 6 49 35 14 38
FC Team B 19 11 3 5 82 33 49 36
Brady Maccabi 20 9 7 4 58 42 16 34
Oakwood B 19 8 5 6 41 38 3 29
Redbridge B 19 6 4 9 44 47 -3 22
Los Blancos 20 5 7 8 43 56 -13 22
Real Sosobad 20 5 6 9 44 49 -5 21
NL Raiders B 20 5 5 10 36 51 -15 20
Brixton Old Boys 19 5 2 12 29 64 -35 17
Faithfold B 20 4 3 13 26 55 -29 15

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DIVISION TWO:

FAITHFOLD C NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C 1
Raiders got the point they needed – with two games to spare – to seal third spot in the table.

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FC TEAM C 3 BOCA JEWNIORS 1
Team moved a couple of places up the table thanks to this win over the basement boys.

James Cooper, Freddie Marks and Dan Alfreds all netting.

Jacob Emanuel scored for Boca – with his first strike in eight years of senior men’s football, with Anton Nyman telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We conceded far too easily today, two gifts inside the first five minutes, costing us dearly.

“We fought back well and showed some real spirit, and missed a couple of glorious chances too. The work rate, especially in the last 15 minutes of each half was especially impressive!”

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TEMPLE FORTUNE 1 MACCABI LONDON LIONS B 8
Lions ended their season in emphatic style as they thrashed Fortune.

Jake Hyman scored half their goals, with Daniel Fattal, Benji Weinberger, Dom Feldman and Guy Surkis all on target.

Amir Wiselman scored for Fortune, for whom player-manager Jonathan Cohen told jewishnews.co.uk: “I actually think that we played technically the best side in the league. As an attacking force they had real creativity and excellent technique. We actually weren’t as bad as the scoreline suggests, we had four or five really good chances, but we played a team that punished silly mistakes that a side with our experience should not have made.

“We had a great chance to go 1-0 ahead in the opening 10 minutes of the game, but I don’t want to dwell on that. Frankly on a firm, bobbly pitch and in the hot sun we suffered from not being as young and spritely as them as the game wore on.”

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LATEST STANDINGS:

  P W D L F A Diff Points
Scrabble 21 19 0 2 87 26 61 57
London Lions B 22 18 2 2 89 21 68 56
NL Raiders C 20 11 3 6 48 34 14
36
Real Hendon 22 11 2 9 58 45 13 35
Athletic Bilbaum 22 10 3 9 69 46 23 33
L’Equipe 22 10 2 10 59 56 3 32
Hendon B 21 8 4 9 40 43 -3 28
FC Team C 22 6 5 10 37 58 -21 26
Faithfold 22 6 6 10 47
43 4 24
Catford 21 6 6 9 32 43 -9 24
Temple Fortune 21 2 3 16 23 111 -88 9
Boca Jewniors 22 2 2 18 13 78 -65 8

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MGBSFL/MASTERS INVITATIONAL CUP QUARTER-FINALS:

SPEC 5 L’EQUIPE 2 (played on 11 May)
Two goals from Ashley Burns, along with strikes from Daniel Pike and player-manager Ricky Lawrence saw them through to the last four.

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REDBRIDGE B 2 LOS BLANCOS 2 (Redbridge won 3-1 on penalties)
Redbridge held their nerve in the penalty shoot out to set up a last-four match against Scrabble Masters.

In a near one-sided game regarding possession, Redbridge eventually took lead when a scrumptious through ball from Brad Gayer played in Craig Sandford, who finished superbly.

They double their lead, when the impressive Brad Gayer delivered a dangerous free-kick into the box, a great dummy from Dan Andrews, saw the ball sail straight into the next.

They had numerous chances to finish the game of completely, but three world class saves from the Los Blancos goalkeeper kept the score at 2-0.

With 13 minutes remaining, a lapse of concentration from the home defence saw Los Bloncos were awarded a penalty, which was tucked away. Five minutes later, they drew level, a far post header from a free-kick sending the game to the lottery of a shoot-out, even though Redbridge had further chances at the end.

But, Redbridge kept their bottle in the shoot-out, prevailing 3-1.