Camden claimed the win in the battle between two previously unbeaten sides in the Premier Division, while there were wins for FC Team B, L’Equipe & a first one of the season for Athletic Bilbaum…
**LAST SEASON’S DIVISION THREE CHAMPIONS LONDON ROVERS HAVE FOLDED**
RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
Blizzard Storm 0 Camden Park 2
Harmen 6 FC Team A 2
Oakwood A 0 Hendon United A 1
Redbridge Jewish Care A 5 Faithfold A 0
Brady Maccabi 6 Los Blancos 2
Brixton Old Boys P London Rovers P (Due to London Rovers having folded)
FC Team B 4 SPEC FC 0
North London Raiders B 2 Oakwood B 2
Woodford Wanderers 3 Redbridge Jewish Care B 3
Boca Jewniors 2 Real Hendon 1
Catford & Bromley Maccabi 1 L’Equipe 3
Faithfold C 1 FC Team C 2
Maccabi London Lions B 2 North London Raiders C 1
Scrabble 7 Hendon United B 0
Temple Fortune 1 Athletic Bilbaum 4
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM BLIZZARD STORM 0 CAMDEN PARK 2…
WEEK FOUR MATCH REPORTS:
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
NICK SHINDER (ATHLETIC BILBAUM)
RICHARD MAIL (L’EQUIPE)
JONNY BLAIN (OAKWOOD A)
BEN LAW (SCRABBLE)
JACOB EMANUEL (BOCA JEWNIORS)
ADRIAN LEIBOVITCH (BOCA JEWNIORS)
JAMES KORN (FC TEAM B)
BRAD DRYER (HARMEN)
ALEX TAYLOR (HARMEN)
ALEX ROSENTHAL (HENDON UNITED A)
GRANT BATES (L’EQUIPE)
MARK SINGER (L’EQUIPE)
DALE BRADMAN (OAKWOOD A)
RYAN COLE (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
ADAM NEWMAN (SCRABBLE)
DANIEL GOLDHILL (ATHLETIC BILBAUM)
JAKE SAUNDERS (CAMDEN PARK)
ADAM RONES (FC TEAM B)
RICHARD STERNBERG (FC TEAM B)
AVIEL SCHWARTZ (HARMEN)
ELLIOTT STERN (HARMEN)
SIMON PETERMAN (HENDON UNITED A)
BENJI WEINBERGER (MACCABI LONDON LIONS B)
BEN SOLLOSI (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
ELLIOTT ESPINOZA (SCRABBLE)
ZACK MCLEOD (SCRABBLE)
JOSH SHERIDAN (SCRABBLE)
ELIO ELIA (BOCA JEWNIORS)
REISS MOGILNER (BRADY MACCABI)
DANIEL GARFINKLE (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) GUY MARKS (CAMDEN PARK) – Ball fell invitingly for him on the edge of the box, and he needed to second invitation as he ferociously lashed the ball home via the underside of the bar
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) DANIEL LIPMAN (MACCABI LONDON LIONS B) – With a 35-yard free-kick heading for the top corner, got his finger tips to it to push it on to the crossbar.
2) RUSSELL CORIN (HENDON UNITED A) – Produced a superb save, flinging himself high and wide to his right with the ball from a shot from the edge of the area – looking destined for the top corner
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) RICKY LAWRENCE (SPEC) – “When the opposition goalie scores twice, it’s never a good day.”
BLIZZARD STORM 0 CAMDEN PARK 2
Camden made it two wins from three games – as Storm fell to their second defeat from three.
Guy Marks fired them ahead in the first half with a ferocious strike, before Camden, who were down to ten men after Sasha Nussenbaum was forced off injured – sealed the points when Josh Mark’s strike bobbled in via the Storm goalkeeper.
Camden manager Will Castle told jewishnews.co.uk: “As I said pre-match, it was crucial that we needed to take the good work from last week and continue it into this game and that’s exactly what we did. Blizzard are a very organised side and were very hard to break down so we had to adjust our game plan when we realised they were playing with three centre-backs. This was a different type of performance to Faithfold; that was an emphatic win where at times we played some outstanding football, this was heels dug in and hard graft. It was so satisfying to show that we can adapt to the opponents and change up our style.
“The first half was a proper battle and could have gone either way. We scored early through Guy Marks and managed to hold out until half-time even though they hit the bar. It was important we kept energy levels high throughout the second half so about 10 minutes in I used both my substitutions. How I would regret that! 5 Minutes later, Sasha Nussenbaum had to come off with a suspected dislocated shoulder and we were left to play 30 minutes with 10 men. The boys were outstanding. They dug their heels in and were not prepared to let their lead slip. Special mention has to go to Jake Saunders in the middle of the park who just made tackle after tackle after tackle, he was immense. That’s without even mentioning how effective he was on the ball! He pulled the strings and protected the back four. Hats off to Jake, he didn’t start the season in the first 11 but after that performance he has made himself undroppable. Our back four were fantastic, especially Greg Meller who’s game is improving every week.
“We weathered the storm and with a couple of minutes to go, a Josh Marks strike from the edge of the box hit the post and then went in and the game was over and we had held on with 10 men.
“We are growing as a team and I feel now we are starting to pick up a bit of momentum. We still have quite a few players to come back from injury too. We have Brixton in the cup next week and then the return fixture with Blizzard where we know it will be a very tough contest again. Now we need to refocus and onto the next one.”
Storm manager Simon Linden told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a frustrating morning, we really should have taken advantage of playing against 10 men in the last 25 minutes. We didn’t create enough chances.”
HARMEN 6 FC TEAM A 2
Harmen claimed their first win of the season – and did so in emphatic style.
James Gershfield scored twice, with Sam Castle, Elliott Stern, Daniel Green and Alex Taylor also on target.
Harmen’s Joel Alterman told jewishnews.co.uk: “You could tell that the team really started to click this week, determined to make amends for our previous two games. An excellent debut from Elliot Stern in midfield, capped off with the opening goal helped us on our way and a spirited performance from our back line guided us to victory. This resounding victory is a sign of things to come from Harmen for the remainder of the season.
David James Cohen scored twice for Team, for whom manager Ben Gilbey told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m really disappointed with the team performance on Sunday and the amount of individual errors. We will go away and hopefully this will teach some of the boys a lesson. Onwards and upwards!”
OAKWOOD 0 HENDON UNITED A 1
Hendon moved three points clear at the top of the table as Avi Last’s strike ensured they made it three wins from three.
Hendon manager David Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: “These are the type of games you have to win if you want to win the title – it was a very tight match where Oakwood fought extremely hard and will probably consider themselves unlucky to lose.
“We had big players missing today with two more dropping out on Sunday morning so we were well and truly stretched, but our squad is strong and deep and the new boys who came in today did really well. However, it was the old guard of Russell Alex Rosenthal Ari Last and Simon Peterman who got us over the line today and showed a great example to the youngsters of how to get the job done in tricky circumstances. We had plenty of chances but none were overly clear-cut and we knew we had to bide our time and wait for the big one to come. When it did, up popped Ari Last yet again to continue his great start to the season.
“All credit to Oakwood though – we knew we would be on for a tough one today but we have a fabulous recent record against them and maybe mentally that played on their minds. They will be a force though this year. We were delighted to come away with all three points though and keep our 100 percent record intact this year.”
Oakwood manager Daniel Kristall told jewishnews.co.uk: “We were very unlucky and ran Hendon as close as we ever have done.
“We were excellent in so many areas and defended superbly from the back. We overcame Hendon’s main spell of the game for the first 15 minutes of the second half and looked like the only winners. We know that we must cut out the silly mistakes and be more clinical in the final third, but we have the base at the back having only conceded one goal in three games.
“Our aim is to use the positives from the game and move on to the next one. It’s a long season and we’re very much alive in all competitions, but we’ll be even more ready for Hendon next time.”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 5 FAITHFOLD A 0
Redbridge are up into joint-second as four goals from Daniel Garfinkle – along with Ryan Cole’s strike – saw them to this emphatic win.
Manager Jon Jacobs told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a good performance all round and defensively we looked very solid.
“One-nil up at half-time from Garfinkle, the extra pace and fitness told in the second half.”
BRADY MACCABI 6 LOS BLANCOS 2
Brady turned in another all-out attacking performance as a hat-trick from Reiss Mogilner helped them to this emphatic win.
Daniel Harrod chipped in with two goals, with Josh Newman completing the scoring. Player-manager Josh Dagul told jewishnews.co.uk: “Another solid performance from the boys. We completely dominated the first half, scoring five great goals. The players failed to get out of first gear in the second half but the job was done after 45. We knew if we started the game well we’d create the chances and we were undoubtedly clinical. Another great performance from Reiss Mogilner, moving him closer to his 100th Brady goal.”
Jono Gaon and Darren Russell’s penalty replied for Blancos, for whom Jonathan Ison told jewishnews.co.uk: “A game of two halves if there ever was one! We absolutely didn’t turn up in the first half and it was actually quite embarrassing, as the 5-0 scoreline suggests.
“However, we remembered how to play football and how to tackle in the second half and won that 2-1. We will take positives from the second half display, but hope to never be on the receiving end of a half-time score like that again!
“We know we’ll turn this shakey start around very soon and will once again be a force to be reckoned with.”
BRIXTON OLD BOYS P LONDON ROVERS P
MATCH CALLED OFF AS A RESULT OF LONDON ROVERS FOLDING
FC TEAM B 4 SPEC FC 0
Team got back to winning ways as two penalties from goalkeeper David Grossman, along with strikes from Adam Rones and Richard Salmon saw them to the points.
Player-manager Mitch Young told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a total dominant performance. I was frustrated we missed a ton of chances in the first half and the Spec goalkeeper gave them hope, however as soon as we scored the flood gates opened. It is always nice when the opposition does not have a shot all game, defensively we were outstanding and just need to find our concentration in the first half and then we will be flying. Worth noting I thought the referee had a good game too.”
SPEC player-manager Ricky Lawrence told jewishnews.co.uk: “When the opposition goalie scores twice, it’s never a good day.”
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B 2 OAKWOOD B 2
Oakwood dropped their first points of the season – though at least earn themselves a point having at one point been 2-0 down.
Jacob Richler Kleiman – his eighth of the season – and Aaron Searle’s strike saw the O’s to a point, with manager Jason Stein telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Seven points from three games is an incredible return and it’s beyond what I thought was possible.
“To come from 2-0 down against a side who I respect immensely is something we should rightly be proud of. We’ve put lots of points on the board and now the challenge is to keep this form going after our upcoming cup matches.”
Nick Woolf and Josh Green had seemingly put the Raiders in control, with manager Jonathan Adelman telling jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a really good competitive end to end game.”
WOODFORD WANDERERS 3 REDBRIDGE B 3
The all-Essex derby proved to be a thrilling encounter, though both sides will be disappointed to have only taken a point.
Josh Orgel scored twice for Redbridge, with Richie Caplin also on target.
BOCA JEWNIORS 2 REAL HENDON 1
Boca claimed their first win – and points – of the season as they saw off Real Hendon in a closely-fought encounter.
Elio Elia’s double seeing them to the points, while Yossi Goldberg scored for Hendon.
CATFORD & BROMLEY 1 L’EQUIPE 3
L’Equipe claimed their second win of the season as the Cats were handed their second defeat of the campaign
A ‘gorgeous’ chip over the goalkeeper from James Mandel put them ahead, before Mark Singer’s scrappy goal and a strike with the outside of the boot from Grant Bates put them in control.
Manager Nick Stern told jewishnews.co.uk: “I couldn’t be a prouder manager, we wanted it more, battled till the end and our superior quality shone through.”
FAITHFOLD C 1 FC TEAM C 2
Josh Cooper’s double ensured Team got their season off to a winning start.
MACCABI LONDON LIONS B 2 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C 1
The Lions made it two wins from two as goals from Nick Landesberg and Josh Bloom saw them edge their way to victory.
Manager Samuel Marchant told jewishnews.co.uk: “As expected, this game was the toughest of the season so far, and we were prepared for a battle, which was exactly how it turned out. I must praise the Raiders side for their efforts as they worked extremely hard in all areas of the pitch.
“We started slowly, as we did last week, however we came out in the second half with more intensity which enabled us to get on top and grab an early goal in to the half. As the game inevitably opened up, it was more end-to-end, however we managed to catch them on a counter and punish them. Disappointingly, we fell asleep as soon as we scored, conceding a minute after, yet we did well to hang on to the lead and withstand the extra pressure.
“It was a great second half performance in which we dug very deep, and I hope we can continue our form. We now have three wins from three this season, and next week will be another very tough match as we face Oakwood B in the division above. We’re all feeling confident in the camp so we’re hoping for something special next week.”
Charles Braunstein scored for the Raiders.
SCRABBLE 7 HENDON B 0
Scrabble made it three wins from three to stay clear at the top of the table as doubles from Zak McLeod, Danny Sherman and Jonathan Peters, together with Josh Sheridan’s strike, saw them keep up their flying start to the season.
Manager Ray Abrahams told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m very proud of my team after today’s performance and for 20 minutes at the start of the second half we were superb in every department and looked unplayable…in previous weeks our hard work hasn’t been rewarded with a hatful of goals but today our finishing was clinical.”
Hendon manager Adam Glekin, who wasn’t at the match, told jewishnews.co.uk: “From the reports I’ve heard we were hit with injuries to Josh Richman and Gideon Barth which hampered us, but Scrabble were a very good side and the injuries didn’t ultimately affect the end result.”
TEMPLE FORTUNE 1 ATHLETIC BILBAUM 4
Bilbaum moved off the bottom of the table after they claimed their first points – and win of the season.
Bilbaum player-manager Julius Judah claimed their first, having been set up by Jacob Brunner, the two then switched roles for the second goal, Judah converting a penalty. He claimed another assist for Ben Bell, with the latter then rounding off the scoring with his second of the morning.
Judah told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m very happy with our first win of the season. We played very well and our organisation was fantastic. Very happy to see the work we put in at training paying off.”
Adam Lenz scored Fortune’s consolation, with player-manager Jonathan Cohen telling jewishnews.co.uk: “I know this team can be more than the sum of its parts, but at the moment we aren’t even that. I’m not worried though, we will be fine and turn it around.”