SUNDAY’S RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
FC Team A 3 Hendon United A 6
Maccabi London Lions A 3 Woodford Wanderers 2
North London Raiders A 2 Redbridge Jewish Care A 3
(MATCH REPORT & REACTION)
SPEC 0 Oakwood A 5
Athletic Bilbaum 1 Maccabi London Lions B 3
Finchley City 4 Los Blancos 2
Oakwood B 2 North London Raiders B 3
Redbridge Jewish Care B 4 Hendon United B 2
Catford & Bromley Maccabi 5 FC Team B 0
Hertswood Vale 2 Faithfold B 4
Mill Hill Dons 1 Temple Fortune 2
North London Raiders C 2 L’Equipe 3
RC UK FC 7 Real Hendon 1
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WEEK ONE TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
JULES NOTI (FC TEAM A)
JAKE DOFFMAN (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A)
ZACH PEREZ (MILL HILL DONS)
LEE WARNER (OAKWOOD A)
CHARLES BRAUNSTEIN (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B)
GIDEON CALLER (RC UK FC)
DOVI VOGEL (RC UK FC)
RYAN COLE (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
SEAN LADIER (TEMPLE FORTUNE)
JAKE MARKS (TEMPLE FORTUNE)
ELLIOT GOLD (WOODFORD WANDERERS)
DANIEL WEXLER (WOODFORD WANDERERS)
JOSH AZIZ (FINCHLEY CITY)
ALEX GOODMAN (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B)
ZACK COLLINS (OAKWOOD A)
GUY HELMAN (OAKWOOD A)
JOSH ROSE (OAKWOOD A)
JONTI AREMBAND (RC UK FC)
LEOR HAREL (RC UK FC)
AKIVA ZNEIMER (RC UK FC)
SAM MCCARTHY (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
JOEL LASSMAN (CATFORD & BROMLEY
RICHARD FOGELMAN (FAITHFOLD B)
BEN BINDER (FC TEAM A)
SAM CANTOR (OAKWOOD A)
JAMES BERKLEY (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) LORIAN MADANES (FC TEAM A) – A superb 30-yard free-kick into the top corner
2) JEFF GOTCH (CATFORD & BROMLEY) – A sublime left-footed volley across the goalkeeper from the edge of the box
3) JOSH WEBBER (HERTSWOOD VALE) – Smashed in a right-footed shot from the edge of the area into the corner of the net, in off the crossbar and well out of the reach of the goalkeeper
4) JOSH AZIZ (FINCHLEY CITY) – Won the ball back in the centre of the park, took a couple of touches and hammered it from 25 yards past the goalkeeper
5) AVI MARKIEWICZ (RC UK FC) – Picked up the ball out on the left, wide 30 yards out, beat his man and hammered the ball home from 25 yards out – straight as an arrow into the top right hand corner
6) NICK GROSSE (LOS BLANCOS) – Latched onto a sublime through ball to clip the ball past the opposition goalkeeper before getting clattered
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) JAKE DOFFMAN (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A) – Dived superbly to his left to somehow tip Daniel Garfinkle’s curling effort around the post
2) SAM SINGER (MILL HILL DONS) – Saved a shot to his right from point-blank range to, at the time, keep his side on level terms
3) BEN LEWIS (ATHLETIC BILBAUM) – With a Lions low free-kick heading for the bottom corner, Lewish pulled off a stunning one-handed save to tip it around the post.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) SAMUEL MARCHANT (MACCABI LONDON LIONS B) – “We got the victory today, but there wasn’t much else to rave about.”
2) JEFF GOTCH (CATFORD & BROMLEY) – “We won 5-0, but that flatters them – it would have been 15 bar some woeful shooting.”
3) DAVID GARBACZ (HENDON UNITED A) – ” It was good to be back, without ever actually being away!”
FC TEAM A 3 HENDON UNITED A 6
The return of David Garbacz as Hendon manager saw them turn on the style as they hit Team for six.
Zac Lewis helped himself to a hat-trick, with Josh Harris, Yoav Kestenbaum and Ricky Spitzer all on target.
Manager David Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: “This was by no means the perfect performance, but it was good to score some goals and get the three points.
“At times we were a bit too open for my liking and we will need to tighten things up as the season goes along. However, up front we looked excellent with Zac Lewis shining bright. The day was capped off by two debut goals, one for Rocky Spitzer who had a fine first match in Hendon colours, and also one for Josh Harris.
“FC team gave us problems and at 3-2 keeper Arthur Caplin also making his debut in Russell Corin’s absence, made a couple of superb saves and we then made the game safe at the other end. It was good to be back, without ever actually being away! We have areas to work on before next week’s blockbuster vs Raiders but overall were delighted with the start.”
Ben Binder, Lorian Madanes and Jon Toby all scored for Mitch Young’s side, who told jewishnews.co.uk: “Firstly congrats to Hendon, they are an experienced talented squad and killed the game off well in the second half.
“I’m proud of my players, we showed we could compete against the very best and it just was not our day today. We missed a chance just before half-time to make it 2-2 and then missed another guilt edged opportunity to make it 3-3, Hendon then went on to score in that counter-attack.
“Fine margins at this level, but we kept going till the end and could have scored more goals. Our fitness is better this season and with a couple more defenders coming back over the next few weeks, hopefully we can sure up defensively. Overall a lot of positives despite the result.”
MACCABI LONDON LIONS A 3 WOODFORD WANDERERS 2
Lions began their season in dramatic fashion, as they beat the Wanderers in this five-goal thriller.
Adam Arnold, Alex Rose and Ricky Rinder netting for the Rowley Lane side.
Tom Alexander put the Wanderers ahead, before Harrison Midda’s penalty early in the second half saw them regain the lead. Joint-manager Daryl Kay told jewishnews.co.uk: “We knew today was going to be a tough game, and we couldn’t be prouder of our team, we left absolutely nothing out there on the pitch today.
“After taking the lead twice against an experienced Premier Division team, it was so cruel to lose it in the last minute, but that’s the Premier Division, but as I said at the start of last season in Division One, no team will have an easy game against us and we pushed Lions all the way on a great, but massive pitch.
“Special mention to Elliot Gold who had, by a country mile, his best ever performance in a Woodford shirt, also praise to our debutant Daniel Wexler who looked as though he’d been with us for years.
“Our attitude and work rate is what won us the league last season and today we set the bar for performance levels going forward. If we go into every game with the same attitude as today we’ll be ok.”
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A 2 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 3
Game of the day didn’t disappoint as Redbridge handed the champions an opening day defeat in this five-goal thriller.
James Berkley scored twice, with Russell Goldstein also on target.
Matt Stock and Jordan Marks scored for the Raiders.
SPEC 0 OAKWOOD A 5
Oakwood laid down an early warning to the rest of the division as they turned in a scintillating display with this away day thumping.
Sam Cantor scored twice, with Zack Collins, Josh Rose and Guy Helman also all getting on the scoresheet.
Joint-manager Ric Blank told jewishnews.co.uk: “Sam should be player of the week, scoring twice including a great free-kick – they couldn’t handle him.
“It was great to give debuts to Jake Norton, Zack Collins and Thomas Prais. Thomas was outstanding for 90 minutes, Zack totally changed the game at half-time, while Jake showed real promise at centre-half.”
SPEC player-manager Ricky Lawrence told jewishnews.co.uk: “Oakwood were the better team. We defended really well during the first half, but they got two quick goals after the restart and I guess we sort of capitulated. No complaints about the result though, the better side won.”
ATHLETIC BILBAUM 1 MACCABI LONDON LIONS B 3
Lions got their season off to a winning start thanks to goals from Benji Weinberger, Ben Winters and Ed Brafman.
However, manager Samuel Marchant told jewishnews.co.uk: “We got the victory today, but there wasn’t much else to rave about.
“Coming off the summer break, we had a good pre-season but that wasn’t reflected today. The performance was a bit tired and lazy but we hopefully can pick up the pace in the coming weeks and really push on and string victories together.
“The lads know that we were below-par today and at 2-1, we could have easily conceded and the game would’ve been different. However, we got the three points, and after everything, that is all that truly matters.”
Toby Mann scored Bilbaum’s goal, with co-manager Nick Shinder telling jewishnews.co.uk: “With many absentees it was always going to be a tough game but our solid structure made it difficult for Lions. However, we conceded two cheap goals from set-pieces which was very frustrating. We nearly came level towards the end of the second half but it was not meant to be. We move on and look towards our next game against Faithfold A!”
FINCHLEY CITY 4 LOS BLANCOS 2
New boys Finchley City began life in Division One with this impressive win.
Josh Aziz, Moshe Fehler, Yoel Deal & Sam Leader scored for the hosts, with manager Joel Hodder telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We started the game on the front foot and fully deserved to be winning at half-time.
“We kept our tempo up in the second half, pressed from the front and scored the third goal which took the stuffing out of them. We had to dig deep for a brief spell in the second half, but were lethal on the counter-attack and had three or four clear cut chances to put the game to bed.
“I think 4-2 was quite a generous result for the opposition, we were by far the better side and fully deserved to win. Special mention to our exemplary skipper Josh Aziz who set the tone from the first whistle and left nothing on the pitch.”
Tim Heynes pulled a goal back for the Blancos boys to see them go into the break trailing 2-1, while Adam Hersh scored a late second consolation.
Blancos manager Nick Grosse told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a very disappointing start to the season, especially as Los Blancos have their strongest squad in recent memory. The result can only be attributed to Los Blancos playing their first competitive match together as a new look squad. The team were fully committed and have an abundance of talent so we are confident that the results will only improve from this opening day disaster.
“The manager also takes partial blame for starting with a brand new formation which did not work. It’s fair to say that Los Blancos were overrun in the first 30 minutes by a well organised Finchley City team. Finding ourselves 2-0 down with half-time approaching, Tim Heynes latched onto a sublime through ball to clip the ball past the opposition goalkeeper before getting clattered. Tim limped off and the goalkeeper was booked, however, it seemed a genuine attempt to challenge for the ball so no hard feelings. However, we have now lost Tim for at least a month after scans revealed knee ligament damage – we wish him a speedy recovery.
“At 2-1 down at half-time we felt like we were back in the game, but credit to Finchley and their coaching staff, they used the rolling subs system well and ensured that their team was always one step ahead. Although we finished the better team, we left it too late.
“Despite the loss, Los Blancos are still aiming for a top three finish with the ultimate goal of promotion. There is absolutely no reason why we cannot achieve this goal.”
OAKWOOD B 2 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B 3
The Raiders secured an impressive opening day – winning by the odd goal in five.
A Will Ufland penalty, Lewis Blitz strike and own goal saw them to the win.
Raiders manager Jonathan Adelman told jewishnews.co.uk: “Overall it was a scrappy game on a poor bobbly pitch with both sides looking rusty. I’m delighted with the three points but as I’ve said all summer, it’s going to take several weeks for us to gel and if we can pick up points whilst we do so, that’s a real bonus.”
Co-manager Zack Gotelf paid tribute to Goodman who “put in a super shift in central midfield to negate the talented Alex Koslover. It was great to see important contributions from boys who’ve stepped up from last years C team”
Aaron Searle and Sam Modlin strike kept the O’s in it, for whom manager Jason Stein told jewishnews.co.uk: “Obviously losing on the opening day is a disappointment, but I’m calm about what happened. I got the team wrong first half using a false nine of sorts and I feel that led to the defeat today. The first half was a total non-affair and we could not get in the game at all before we came to life in the second half. The first half ultimately cost us defeat.
“Once again our lapses of concentration at set plays cost us with two corners proving our undoing. It’s a disappointing way to lose. I felt we played the better football and looked more likely to score from open play. But fair play to Raiders who defended very well and ruthlessly took their chances at the set piece.”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B 4 HENDON UNITED B 2
Two goals from Ben Chernoff helped Redbridge claim this opening day win.
Anthony Cope and Adam Goldman were also both on target.
Redbridge player-manager Sam Rank told jewishnews.co.uk: “Overall, the first half performance won RJC B the game.
“Moving onto next week, I’m expecting a harder task against Oakwood B, where we will have to put in a complete performance to get the win, but overall a great start to the season for team, and with the A’s victory over Raiders A, a great start for the club.”
Adam Ellis and James Neidle’s penalty replied for Hendon, for whom joint-manager Jonathan Nesbitt told jewishnews.co.uk: “We had a very poor first half, they were a team who where very confident on the ball and were happy to pass it across all of the back four and slowly work their way forward, we never showed any intent in the first half and as a result were often left chasing shadows.
“We came out the second half 3-0 down and instantly stepped it up. Adam admitted his shot which hit the back of the net, reached it via a hole in the side netting, before he did score legitimately. They had a few nervy moments, before James put away his penalty.
“Overall we had a very disappointing first half, only made more disappointing by the fact that in the second half we came out and played some really good football and beat them to everything. We have many positives to take from the second half performance, and with many of the boys having their first full debut’s we will now hopefully have some of the nervous and jitters out of the way.”
CATFORD & BROMLEY MACCABI 5 FC TEAM B 0
A hat-trick from Joel Lassman inspired The Cats to get off to an inspired start.
Player-manager Jeff Gotch and Danny Yeshua also got their name on the scoresheet, with Gotch telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We won 5-0, but that flatters them – it would have been 15 bar some woeful shooting. But we held strong and got our reward in the end.
“It was a fully deserved three points and we’ve started as we mean to go on.”
HERTSWOOD VALE 2 FAITHFOLD B 4
Richard Folgeman marked his return to Jewish football – following a two-year absence – as he bagged a hat-trick to get the Greens off to a winning start.
Sam Garson claimed their fourth.
Josh Cohen had headed the home side back on level terms in the tenth minute, and despite hitting the woodwork twice, and having a couple of penalty shouts turned down, Josh Webber did pull another goal back from them five minutes from time.
Co-manager Jacob Emanuel told jewishnews.co.uk: “Call it inexperience from a young team, but our mentality didn’t change, we pushed for the winner but this led to committing too many men going forward and we conceded two sloppy goals on the counter-attack at the death.
“However, I’m proud of the boys in our debut game, but a couple of missing key players including our captain Josh Wood and individual errors cost us in a game where a point shared would’ve been a fair result for both teams.
“Onwards and upwards for the Vale.”
MILL HILL DONS 1 TEMPLE FORTUNE 2
Simon Linden’s reign as Temple Fortune manager got off to a winning start.
Zack Rich levelled the score for the visitors in the 35th minute, before Jake Marks won it with a late strike.
Linden told jewishnews.co.uk: “This was a big win for us. Character was essential and we showed plenty of it in the second half to dig deep and win the game.
“We struggled to get a hold of the game in the first 30 mins but finished the half strongly. The second half was much better, we started to move the ball quicker and create more chances.
“It was great to see Jake Marks get the winner on his debut, he has had a great pre-season and fully deserved his winning goal.
“Credit to Mill Hill Dons in their first game. They will get better and better as the season goes on.”
Sammy Hakimian had put the hosts into a third minute lead.
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C 2 L’EQUIPE 3
L’Equipe got their tenth anniversary celebrations off to a winning start as goals from James Mandell, Andy Smith and Nick Stern saw them claim this opening day win.
RC UK FC 7 REAL HENDON 1
RC UK FC’s debut in the league was a flying one as they thrashed Hendon.
Jonti Aremband helped himself to four goals, with Dovi Vogel, player-manager Avi Markiewicz and Akiva Zneimer also all on target.
Markiewicz told jewishnews.co.uk: “Today was our first competitive game together against an experienced group of guys who were not as poor as the scoreline suggested and they shouldn’t be too disheartened at the result, we just happened to play fantastically well and that’s without our captain Yisroel Lewis who is off galavanting around Israel.
“We scored first, then they replied at which point they were on top for a while, but we stayed strong, maintained a fantastic spirit and we then got a second and the third, really put the game in to our hands and we were always on top from there.
“We have a team of very talented individuals the whole way throughout our squad and every single one today worked their socks off. When rolling subs was first announced I wasn’t too enthusiastic about the idea but we actually used it to great effect.”
Gav Noe scored the visitor’s consolation.