On the final league day of the season, Redbridge B warmed up for next weekend’s MGBSFL/Masters Cup final by beating FC Team B 4-1 – and denying them runners-up spot in Division One…
SUNDAY’S RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
Hendon United A P Redbridge A P (teams awarded a point each)
FC Team B 1 Redbridge B 4 (video highlights)
Catford & Bromley 3 North London Raiders C 2
Temple Fortune P Scrabble P (Fortune postponed tie – Scrabble awarded points)
MGBSFL/MASTERS INVITATIONAL CUP FINAL:
Redbridge B VS North London Raiders Masters
5 June, Silver Jubilee Park
Hendon United A P Redbridge A P
MATCH POSTPONED – TEAMS AWARDED A POINT EACH
|NL Raiders A||16||12||2||2||45||18||27||38|
|FC Team A||16||6||1||9||34||45||-11||19|
|London Lions A||16||5||2||9||21||41||-20||17|
FC Team B 1 Redbridge B 4
Team’s hopes of finishing the season as runners-up were ruthlessly ended as Redbridge ran out emphatic winners.
Dean Ben Yosef scored twice, with Brad Gayer and Joe Jordan also on target.
Redbridge player-manager Sam Rank told jewishnews.co.uk: “Firstly, I would just like to make a few valid points. RJC B proved a very big point today, that football games should only be played on a football pitch and not in the classroom.
“FC Team B tried their very best to get the replayed game awarded to them without even playing the game, which I know caused the League committee additional and unwanted stress. The league kept to their word and ordered for the game to be played. However, I would like to make the very big point that is the job that David Wolff and the League Committee do is just amazing, and without David and his team the league would not happen, so from RJC, we thank them for the hard work and efforts.”
Speaking about the game itself, he said: “The build up for the game was very heated with a lot of interesting comments made. However, on the football pitch, there was only going to be one winner.
“We conducted our game plan brilliantly. From minute one we were switched on, winning every first, second and third ball. The first half was very one-sided, and we were unlucky not to go in front in the first 10 minutes, with Brad Gayer and Daniel Bean both hitting the woodwork. However the domination of play was awarded after 20 minutes and once Dean scored, further goals from Brad and Dean effectively ended the game before the break.
“The second half was once again a one-sided affair, which turned into a training game for us. I hope FC Team B will learn from this hard lesson they have received this season. They cannot beat us on the pitch.”
Looking ahead to this weekend’s MGBSFL/Masters Invitational Cup Final against North London Raiders Masters, he said: “Today’s performance was a brilliant way to prepare for next week’s game. This also gives me a selection headache for next week, with 16 great players to choose from, but a selection headache I will enjoy.
“The boys have been brilliant since I have taken over, and a pleasure to work with. I really hope we can finish the season with Silverware , as the boys deserve it so much.”
Player-manager Mitch Young scored a consolation for Team, and told jewishnews.co.uk: “”We were severely understrengthed today and the performance was very much of an end of season, nothing to play for type of performance.
“After a poor first half we regrouped and performed admirably in the second half. Redbridge deserved the win and are a good footballing side however their manager has shown some real immaturity in his comments and has shown to let himself down. We had no problem replying the game and would rather obviously to have won the league [in beating Redbridge], however after the defeat to Woodford it didn’t matter anyway, and we can’t get promoted because of our A team so we didn’t particular care.
“In any other season, fielding an ineligible player would have resulted in points being rewarded – this is to discourage teams with multi-teams from dropping players. Both Woodford and Redbridge fielded ineligible players this year and both went unpunished by the league.
“Some of Redbridge’s comments before and after the game are embarrassing and having always maintained a good relationship with the Redbrdige lads over the past decade, perhaps Richard Bronzite ought to censor his B team manager’s comments in the future.”
(VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS TO FOLLOW ON TUESDAY)
|FC Team B||20||11||3||6||83||37||46||36|
|NL Raiders B||20||5||5||10||36||51||-15||20|
|Brixton Old Boys||20||5||2||13||30||69||-39||17|
Catford & Bromley 3 North London Raiders C 2
Catford ended their season with a win – which saw them move up into eighth place in the table.
Jamie Sinai scored twice, with Tal Cohen also on target.
Player-manager Jeff Gotch told jewishnews.co.uk: “We were up against it at time with a very depleted 11, but the battle the boys showed was unreal.
“A draw may have been the fairer result but we’ll take it and now start prepping for pre-season which starts in early July
“We have won three, drawn two and lost only one to the top-three sides who will probably all go up, so there is a good basis there
“It’s been a long season dating back to last July with no less than 34 games played. Next season we will be going for one thing only and that is top spot – and with the likes of Joel Lassman, Lawrence Bloom and Jason Shoffman, all signing up things are looking good.”
Temple Fortune P Scrabble P
MATCH POSTPONED – POINTS AWARDED TO SCRABBLE
|London Lions B||22||18||2||2||89||21||68||56|
|NL Raiders C||22||11||3||8||50||40||10
|FC Team C