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TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
Jake Doffman (Norstar London Raiders A)
Rob Abrahams (Shirley Park)
Seb Vandermolen (Blizzard Storm)
Adam Zecharia (Blizzard Storm)
Gavin Sherman (Brixton Old Boys)
Jeff Gotch (Catford & Bromley)
Darren Hill (Catford & Bromley)
Adam Luria (Catford & Bromley)
Simeon Cohen (Jewdinese)
Gavin Rhodes (L’Equipe)
David Prager (L’Equipe)
Josh Morris (Norstar London Raiders A)
Jake Yudelowitz (Norstar London Raiders C)
Harley Patoff (Norstar London Raiders C)
Craig Edwards (North West Neasden)
Simon Bagel (SPEC)
David Cohen (Blizzard Storm)
Dan Vandermolen (Blizzard Storm)
David Ronson (Brixton Old Boys)
Ben Kon (Hendon United A)
Rafi Kon (Hendon United A)
Ari Last (Hendon United A)
Zack Collins (Jewdinese)
Ethan Zone (Norstar London Raiders A)
Kane Gilbery (North West Neasden)
Dan Henig (SPEC)
Dave Newman (SPEC)
Mike Pearson (Faithfold A)
Steven Black (L’Equipe)
Richard Fogelman (L’Equipe)
Daniel Polak (Norstar London Raiders C)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) GREG CORIN (HENDON UNITED A) – Stunning low-driven shot which flew into the back of the net
2) DAVID RONSON (BRIXTON OLD BOYS) – A 35-yard screamer which flew into the net – Brixton’s only highlight in a 2-1 defeat
3) BEN NAZ (SHIRLEY PARK) – Banged the ball home with a 30-yard screamer into the top corner with his first touch of the game
4) MATT STOCK (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A) – Picked the ball up just inside the Lions half, turned the defender and beat several men before striking the ball into the roof of the net from a tight angle
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) JAKE DOFFMAN (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A) – Pulled off a stunning penalty save, got down low to his right and held on magnificently to the ball
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) ADAM GLEKIN (HENDON UNITED C) – “I have no idea what Jonathan Nesbitt was doing up there for his goal, but I’ll take it!”
FAITHFOLD A 2 HENDON UNITED A 2
Two goals from Mike Pearson rescued a point for the champions – his second equaliser coming after the Greens had been reduced to ten men after Alex Levack saw red for a professional foul.
Pearson had fired the hosts in front, though Alex Rosenthal’s equaliser – and a fine strike from Greg Corin put them seemingly in control.
FAITHFOLD A 2 HENDON UNITED A 2
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A 3 LONDON MACCABI LIONS WHITE 0
Norstar claimed a comprehensive opening day win thanks to goals from Matt Stock – who also missed a penalty, and Ethan Zone’s strike. An own goal completed a comfortable win.
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A 1 LONDON MACCABI LIONS WHITE 2
NORTH WEST NEASDEN 2 BRIXTON OLD BOYS 1
Neasden got their season off to a winning start – thanks to a Michael Field strike and an own goal.
David Ronson scored for Brixton, for whom chairman Robert Silverman told jewishnews.co.uk: “Considering that we had nine players making their debut, our overall performance was encouraging. It will take us a few weeks to mould the side but I am confident that our new signings will flourish and results will then undoubtedly improve.
“Neasden deserved their win even though their winner was an own goal.
NORTH WEST NEASDEN 2 BRIXTON OLD BOYS 2
SHIRLEY PARK 6 HENDON UNITED B 3
Two goals each from Gid Gold and Jamie Kent helped Park get their season off to a winning start. Ben Naz and Stefan Benfredj strikes sealed the win for the hosts.
Chaim Gothold, Avi Markiewicz and Ra Noe scored for Hendon, for whom manager Aryeh Goldring told jewishnews.co.uk: “Fitness let us down but a two-week break will allow us to regroup and go again.”
Park player-manager David Lusman told jewishnews.co.uk: “Hendon were well organised and gave as good as they got. As expected, they proved to be a really difficult team to play against and break down. They kept up pace throughout the best part of the game but in the later stages of the second half we overwhelmed them with wave after wave of attack and are finishing proved to be clinical.”
SHIRLEY PARK 3 HENDON UNITED B 2
SPEC 1 LOS BLANCOS 0
SPEC got their season off to a winning start by claiming this narrow opening day victory thanks to Dave Newman’s strike.
SPEC’s James Lesner told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a close game where both defences performed admirably. The goal eventually came in the 70th minute when Dave Newman rounded the keeper, played a one-two with Amram, before keeping his cool to slot into the corner.
“With several players still to come back from injury, bans and holidays the club are delighted to have got off to a strong start.”
Blancos manager Adam Hersh told jewishnews.co.uk: “A disappointing result as it was a very open and even game. There weren’t many chances created for either team with the only goal coming from a ball lumped forward catching us off guard.
SPEC 2 LOS BLANCOS 1
ATHLETIC BILBAUM 3 LONDON HAROLDEANS 1
Goals from Ed Green, Ben Bell and an own goal saw Bilbaum claim an opening day win.
Oli Joseph scored for London Haroldeans.
ATHLETIC BILBAUM 2 LONDON HAROLDEANS 2
FAITHFOLD B 1 BLIZZARD STORM 3
Storm got their season off to a winning start as goals from Adam Speck, Dan Simons and a cracker from Dan Vandermolen saw them to the points.
Storm manager Simon Linden told jewishnews.co.uk: “It’s great to open the season with a win. Full credit to Faithfold, they had some good spells in the match where we had to defend well.
“I thought the whole squad worked hard and showed a lot of discipline to get us the three points.”
Doron Herhskorn score for Faithfold.
FAITHFOLD B 1 BLIZZARD STORM 2
HENDON UNITED C 1 NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C 1
Both Hendon and the Norstar Raiders had to settle for a share of the points in their opening fixture of the season.
Daniel Polak levelled the scores for the Raiders, with assistant manager David Domb telling jewishnews.co.uk: “It was always going to be a tough game against a side who many expect big things from this season. We had chances in what was a scrappy first half, but they worked their way into the game. It was disappointing to go behind but credit to the boys. They didn’t panic, kept playing their normal game and got themselves a deserved equaliser.
“It was good to get four new boys out there today. I thought our new-look back four handled their attacking threat very well. It’s a solid start to the season. We’ve still got a few to come back in the coming weeks and it’s an exciting time for the club.”
“I think we can only improve as the season goes on. I can’t begrudge our opponents a draw today, if I’m being honest I thought they were probably the better team.”
JEWDINESE 4 FAITHFOLD C 3
Jewdinese crowned their first MGBSFL match off in some style as they fought back from being 3-0 down to claim a stunning victory.
Going into the break 2-0 down, a stern half-time team talk from manager Darren Lawrence saw him tell his players they had to “step up to the plate and perform”. Things though went from bad to worst as Faithfold increased their lead to seemingly wrap up the win.
However, once they pulled one back with 25 minutes, everything was positive from them thereon in. Two quick-fire strikes saw them level and with around 10 minutes to go, scored from a free-kick to complete the comeback.
Ben Berrick scored twice, with Zack Collins and Zack Brin also on target.
JEWDINESE 2 FAITHFOLD C 1
KING CROWN 1 L’EQUIPE 9
L’Equipe got their season off to a flying start as five goals from Richard Fogelman – on his club debut – plus four from his strike partner Steven Black, saw them claim an emphatic win.
L’Equipe manager Daniel Cordell told jewishnews.co.uk: “The boys played great. Nothing shows our intent more for the season with both our strikers filling their boots in the opening game of the season.
“Our defence was so solid with another one of our new signings Gavin Rhodes having a stormer at centre-back with David Prager. Whilst strikers win you games defences win the league and that’s still our aim.
“We have laid down a marker to the rest of the teams in the league.”
Daniel Elghanian scored on his debut for King crown’s consolation strike. Manager Jacob Kadoch told jewishnews.co.uk: “Football is a game that can surprise you and that’s exactly what it did. The reaction is what matters.”
KING CROWN 1 L’EQUIPE 2
LOUGHTON ORIENT 1 CATFORD & BROMLEY MACCABI 2
A late winner from Eli Baraty saw the Cats get their campaign off to a winning start.
Scoring through an own goal in the first half, Cats’ Adam Luria told jewishnews.co.uk: “Loughton Orient are a good team and it was a hard fought game. We battled extremely hard and the win probably flattered us slightly as we weren’t at the top of our game today.
“Still, we dug in, restricted them to a very few openings and are delighted to get the 3 points.”
LOUGHTON ORIENT 2 CATFORD & BROMLEY MACCABI 1