Two goals from Matt Stock helped Norstar A defeat their B side in the Cyril Anekstein Cup…
RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP THIRD ROUND:
Norstar London Raiders A 6 Norstar London Raiders B 1
Oakwood A 5 Faithfold A 2 (AET)
Hendon United A P FC Team A P
Maccabi London Lions Blue 0 North West Neasden 4
Woodford Wanderers P Harmen P
Brixton Old Boys P Brady Maccabi P
Los Blancos 6 Camden Park 5
Redbridge Jewish Care B P Athletic Bilbaum P
SPEC FC 0 Blizzard Storm 1
AC Whetstone 2 Oakwood B 1
Catford & Bromley Maccabi P L’Equipe P
FC Team C 5 FC Team B 4
Norstar London Raiders C 1 AC Mill Hill 0
Boca Jewniors 4 Temple Fortune 0
Faithfold B 1 Hendon United B 0
King Crown 4 Maccabi London Lions Green 2
London Rovers 5 KS Reunited 0
Real Sosobad P Shacharit Donetsk P
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM NL RAIDERS A 6 NL RAIDERS B 1…
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
JAMES GRABINER (AC MILL HILL)
DAN KOSKY (FAITHFOLD B)
MATT DAVIS (FC TEAM C)
STEVE MURAD (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
DAVE COHEN (BLIZZARD STORM)
RICHARD JAFFE (FAITHFOLD B)
ARYEH GOLDRING (LONDON ROVERS)
ARON LUFTIG (LONDON ROVERS)
DAN ANDREWS (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
ROB CAPLIN (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
CRAIG EDWARDS (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
JOSH TIANO (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
ALEX GOODMAN (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C)
DAN ALFREDS (FC TEAM C)
YOEL DEAL (KING CROWN)
ADAM KAY (LONDON ROVERS)
YISROEL LEWIS (LONDON ROVERS)
ZVI FREEDMAN (LOS BLANCOS)
ADAM WATERS (LOS BLANCOS)
JARRED RUDMAN (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C)
MARC WOOLFE (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C)
MICHAEL FIELD (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
JOSH ROSE (OAKWOOD A)
PHILIPPE AURET (AC WHETSTONE)
DEAN SHAW (BLIZZARD STORM)
DANIEL STANTON (FC TEAM C)
PHIL BRAHAM (KING CROWN)
SIMON MOSES (LOS BLANCOS)
ADAM ARNOLD (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
DAN SHERMAN (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
MATT STOCK (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A)
BRAD WINE (OAKWOOD A)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) PHILLIPE AURET (AC WHETSTONE) – Finished off a quite brilliant team move with an incredible header past the Oakwood goalkeeper
2) BEN JOSEPH (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A) – An impudent finish from a quickly-taken corner
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) BRAD SEGAL (BLIZZARD STORM) – Produced a match-winning save right at the death, a fine tip-over the bar
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) JON JACOBS (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B) – “I’m away working in Sri Lanka this week, and shall be thinking of my tactics for next week’s game as I have dinner at Chabad Colombo”
2) DAVID GARBACZ (HENDON UNITED A) – “The match was postponed by a concrete slab in the middle of the pitch”
3) ANTHONY COHEN (AC WHETSTONE) – “Our goalkeeper barely had anything to do all game except try and avoid hypothermia”
4) JASON STEIN (OAKWOOD B) – “This was a bit of a case of fur coat and no knickers”
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP THIRD ROUND (number in brackets represents division of team):
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A (PREM) 6 NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B (1) 1
Two goals from Matt Stock and Josh Green helped the A’s eventually easily overcome their B side, after an even first half which saw the side’s go in level at the break.
Ben Joseph and David Rhodes completed the scoring, while Simon Buchler had earlier equalised for the B’s.
A’s Jon Green told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a real battle for us, especially in the first half when there was very little to separate the sides. Although we went one up inside the first five minutes, the B’s showed real character in dragging themselves back into the game, winning most second balls in midfield and creating chances. They have a real threat going forward and it was clear to see why they are top of their league.
“Thankfully we continued our recent habit of really going through the gears in the second half and once we got going some of the football from the boys was a joy to watch. It’s great to be in the hat for the last eight”.
B’s manager Jonathan Adelman told jewishnews.co.uk: “I felt the final scoreline is a little harsh on us given how well we competed, especially in the first half where we matched a great side every step of the way. Ultimately our A’s pass the ball so quickly and have such great movement off the ball that we just ran out of steam and they clinically took advantage of their chances. We came back strongly towards the end and overall despite the scoreline I’m pleased with the performance and attitude – it bodes well for the rest of our league campaign.
“As for the A’s, they have an abundance of talent and I hope this year they secure the silverware that their talent and performances deserve.”
OAKWOOD A (PREM) 5 FAITHFOLD A (PREM) 1 (AET)
The O’s won this all-Premier Division clash as two goals from Brad Wine, together with strikes from Dave Woolman, Josh Rose and Guy Helman saw them book their place in to the fourth round.
O’s manager Ric Blank told jewishnews.co.uk: “The boys showed tremendous courage and spirit to win today. We were far the better side throughout but went behind. We dominated before and after with Wooly equalising in the second half. We were pressing for a winner when sub Josh Rubin suffered what looked like another serious knee injury and we all hope it’s not as bad is it looked and I can’t comment further.
“The injury rattled us as the boys were so concerned for Josh and we lost our rhythm. We went down to ten men having used our three subs when DC went off injured as well. We went 2-1 down with three minutes to go yet somehow found the strength to equalise with the last kick of the game, Brad burying one from twenty yards.
“We played the entire extra-time with ten men, yet you’d have thought it was Faithfold who were a man light. We dominated and created so many chances with Guy scoring the third, before Josh Rose got a well-deserved fourth, before Brad slipped in number five at the death. We were so much fitter and stronger and it paid dividends. We’ll evaluate why we didn’t settle the issue in normal time another day but for now we’re happy to be in the next round and pray that Joshy Rubes is ok.”
Jonny Haik had put Faithfold ahead.
HENDON UNITED A P FC TEAM A P
MATCH POSTPONED – DUE TO A CONCRETE SLAB ON THE PITCH
MACCABI LONDON LIONS BLUE 0 NORTH WEST NEASDEN 4
Neasden moved off the bottom of the table as they came away from Rowley Lane with the points.
Michael Field scored twice, with Danny Sherman and Adam Arnold also finding the back of the net. Manager Stirling Kay told jewishnews.co.uk: “Played in awful conditions, both teams did their utmost to get the ball down and play. At the same time, tackles were flying in with both teams determined to come away with three points.
“We got off to a flying start with man-of-the-match thanks to Dan’s strike, but to their credit, they then put us on the back foot for the rest of the half and only some saves from Steve Murad, and the back four defending as a unit, kept us level. Adam scored after beating two players and finishing off with a superb low drive.
“The second half saw us come out fast again and Michael scored directly from a corner. This seemed to take the wind out of lions and with 15 minutes left, Dan set up Michael who finished superbly to give us a well deserved win. This was even more impressive with so many players out but we really rolled up our sleves and put in a very good team performance to earn three very valuable points.”
WOODFORD WANDERERS P HARMEN P
MATCH POSTPONED – WATERLOGGED PITCH
BRIXTON OLD BOYS P BRADY MACCABI P
MATCH POSTPONED – WATERLOGGED PITCH
LOS BLANCOS 6 CAMDEN PARK 5
Camden failed to go top of the table, as the Blancos boys won an 11-goal thriller.
Simon Moses was once more on the scoresheet, helping himself to a hat-trick, Zvi Freedman scored twice, with Adam Waters also on target.
Blancos manager Joel Minsky told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a topsy turvy game. We went 1-0 down, then 2-1 up, then 3-2 down before equalising. Camden made it 4-3 at the break, before we went 6-4 ahead. They then got their fifth ten minutes from time to set up a grandstand finish, but we held out.
“It was a superb performance from 1 to 11, especially as we battled through against a strong team in terrible conditions with no subs.”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B P ATHLETIC BILBAUM P
MATCH POSTPONED – WATERLOGGED PITCH
SPEC 0 BLIZZARD STORM 1
Storm moved up a couple of places in the table as Oli Henry’s strike proved to be the difference as the visitors claimed this much-needed win.
Player-manager Simon Linden told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a much-needed win for us, we had to get it right today and I couldn’t have asked any more from my team.
“It was a close game, played in a good spirit. Credit to my back four who were very organised throughout the game. Great to have the chuckle brothers back aka Muller and Speck
“Brad Cohen’s transfer from SPEC appears to be a good bit of business, a very rare free transfer in Jewish football.”
SPEC player-manager Ricky Lawrence told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a very even game but unlike Blizzard we were unable to create the chances necessary to turn the game.
There are also reports that the club are in advanced talks to sign London Rovers centre forward Avi Markiewicz – who has scored four hat-tricks in four games.
Linden declined to comment on leaving Brunel, the car window went down but only to sign autographs. Chairman Nick Rubin mentioned that a deal could be confirmed this week, Viv Emmanuel needs the money.
“We’d like to thank Oli Henry of Blizzard Storm who was great with helping Simon Bagel who suffered a bad head injury towards the end of the game.”
AC WHETSTONE 2 OAKWOOD B 1
Whetstone hang onto the coattails of the early pacesetter as two goals from man-of-the-match Phillipe Auret saw them to the points.
Joint-manager Anthony Cohen told jewishnews.co.uk: “Our goalkeeper barely had anything to do all game except try and avoid hypothermia! He picked ball out of the net after an own goal early in the second half, before two goals from Philippe won us the game. The second goal three minutes from time was a goal that Barcelona would have been happy with. After stopping an Oakwood B attack, Dan Weisselberg calmly passed the ball to Tomer Tricot, he played an inside ball to captain Alex Woffenden, who passed it back to him taking the move to the half-way line. He then passed it first time back inside again to the left winger Sam Leader, who found Ethan Davies. He then put a cross in behind Philippe, who rose and stretched his head back and with an incredible header which was steered firmly past their goalkeeper. An amazing goal finishing off a scrappy game on a freezing wet morning.
“The boys dug out a win without playing anywhere near their best, they were mouthy (for very little reason) but fair.”
O’s boss Jason Stein told jewishnews.co.uk: “This was a bit of a case of fur coat and no knickers and I fully understand why the fans were so aggrieved at the end of the came. They pay their tzedakah and they are fully entitled to their opinions.
“When you lose a game in the last minute that you really should win, let alone draw, emotions are going to be high, but I want the fans to know that the players care. I know social media was abuzz last night after one or two players were spotted in Whitehouse ‘celebrating’, but the players are allowed a life and I encourage them to switch off after the match. I’m assured they were only drinking mango juice and nothing stronger. They care deeply about the project, I know that.
“Frustratingly we played well and I note that my opposite manager has said he didn’t feel his side played well. From my point of view we were superb for the first hour and took a deserved lead. But there was too much of what I would call ‘sterile domination’ or ‘death by a thousand passes’.
“We need to be more assertive on the ball and make our possession count. We should have been out of sight by the time we did take a 1-0 lead. And then some poor game management cost us a point in the dying moments when we were brutally counter attacked as we looked for a winner.
“I’m an attacking manager and I’ll never be pleased with a point, but perhaps there should have been clearer directions from the touchline.”
CATFORD & BROMLEY P L’EQUIPE P
MATCH POSTPONED – WATERLOGGED PITCH
FC TEAM C 5 FC TEAM B 4
FC Team C went back to the top of the table as they won another thrilling encounter between the two sides.
Daniel Stanton’s double, along with strikes from Aron Barnes, Dan Alfreds and Adam Stolerman saw them to the points, with manager David Gordon telling jewishnew.co.uk: “I’m so pleased to have won another closely fought game. We had a 40 minute period either side of half-time where we were devastating and took our chances when they presented themselves. We let them back into the game but the conditions were worsening and it made it difficult to even just clear the ball. Credit to the B’s though; a lot of teams would have thrown the towel in at 5-1 down but they kept making it hard for us right up until the end. I’m not sorry that this is the last time we will face them this season!
“We now have some room for error but the aim is to just continue our great league form and see where we end up.”
Danny Moss, Richard Salmon, Dan Silverman and Adam Rones replied for the beaten B’s, for whom player-manager Mitch Young told jewishnews.co.uk: “”We only have ourselves to blame, we were on top for the majority of the first half missing chances including a penalty and only being one goal in front was always a danger, then Stanton popped up with a wonder goal to make it 1-1 at half-time. The C’s came out and blew us away for the first 20 minutes of the second half, we were a total shambles. We then regrouped and got it back to 5-4 and if the game was to continue any longer the momentum was with us. Saying all that we have come up short twice and regardless of what we think we deserve from both games the results speak for themselves and credit to the C Team. They are a great team with some amazing players and today their key players had great games. There is still half the fixtures to go so a lot can happen but if they win the league they certainly will deserve it.”
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C 1 AC MILL HILL 0
Norstar claimed arguably the result of the day as Jarred Rudman’s strike saw the bottom side claim their first league win of the season against promotion-seeking Mill Hill.
Manager Zack Gothelf told jewishnews.co.uk: “The performances over the last few weeks have been improving for Norstar and we finally seem to be in our groove which proved so impressive last season.
“This was the Norstar of last season, breathtaking to watch, especially at the Ark, and working hard as a team. The result perhaps should have been more, but the delight at full time of a side who know they’ve played better than results will show.
“The most pleasing part of the performance was the clean sheet. We took an early lead and more than held our own. The confidence is coming back and this is a reminder to the rest of the league that it’s going to be seriously competitive all the way down to the wire. Hats off to Mill Hill too for a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining two Sundays of football.
“Although the pressure had been starting to build, everyone at the club knew we’d been performing well enough to not be too disheartened, but this was a big big win and well deserved.”
Mill Hill manager Daniel Beresford told jewishnews.co.uk: “Today we were our own worst enemy. We didn’t get going at all and that was down to a very good performance from Raiders. I have to say that was not our worst performance of the season so far and credit to them because if they play like that every week then they should be challenging for the league not scrapping in a relegation battle.”
“Well played Raiders and good luck for the season”.
BOCA JEWNIORS 4 TEMPLE FORTUNE 0
Boca claimed a league double over Fortune – putting four goals past them again in the process – as they claimed their second league win of the season to move five points clear off the bottom of the table.
Fortune manager Jonathan Cohen told jewishnews.co.uk: “I am very disappointed on a number of fronts. Best to leave it there.”
FAITHFOLD B 1 HENDON UNITED B 0
Faithfold are up into third spot after Leor Harel’s strike proved to be enough to seal the points.
Manager Rob Shooman told jewishnews.co.uk: “We won a hard-fought match in atrocious conditions, Hendon are a much better team than their position in the division suggests.
“The game was played in the right way, no team giving a quarter but no unfair or nasty tackles, a credit to both teams under such bad conditions.
“The whole team deserves enormous credit , we have had 15 players for the last two weeks, meaning one is never going to play. There is never any moaning, never any recriminations, the team spirit is astonishing, I’m very proud of my whole squad and they are showing their unity week in, week out with the results. Long may it last.”
Hendon player-manager Adam Glekin described their first half performance as their “best 45 mins of the season”, but they were unable to make it count as they missed several good chances. He told jewishnews.co.uk: “We were very unfortunate not to take something from the game today. But football’s about taking chances and they’ve scored with their first chance and we weren’t clinical enough in the final third. Disappointed, but lots of positives to take forward to next week….”
KING CROWN 4 LONDON MACCABI LIONS GREEN 2
King Crown stay a point clear at the top of the table thanks to this victory over a battling Lions side.
Phil Braham scored twice, with Adam Nusenbaum and Yossi Landing also on target. Manager Jacob Kadoch told jewishnews.co.uk: “We scored early and I thought we were going to push on, but made a mistake at the back and become complacent after just scoring, school boy stuff, before we took the lead again. The conditions were pretty tough with swirling winds but we tried to play football from the back which was not the right thing to do in those conditions, and conceded again five minutes before the break.
“Stern words was given at half-time for some shocking mistakes. We started the second half in awesome fashion with pace power and total determination, the whole second half was played in their half and the only criticism in the second half was how we only scored two goals.
“With a pretty perfect first half of the season we know we are only half way and have only just begun.”
Daniel Reuben and Ben Winters scored for David Pollock’s side.
LONDON ROVERS 5 KS REUNITED 0
Rovers remain a point behind the leaders as another hat-trick from Avi Markiewicz – for a fourth consecutive weekend – plus strikes from Yisroel Lewis and Nigel Someck saw them to this emphatic win.
Manager Jeremy Brown told jewishnews.co.uk: “This was our best performance of the season so far. KS were by no means a bad side but we were superb in every area of the pitch. Our goalkeeper didn’t have one save to make the entire game.
“Not sure what else I can say about Avi other than well done to him and the rest of the team for giving him such superb service. In really bad weather conditions it was a great days work and I’m extremely proud of the whole team.”
Club secretary Vyvyan Emanuel told jewishnews.co.uk: “Avi Markeweicz getting his 12th in four matches, but what makes it more impressive it that it’s four hat-tricks on the bounce and all the goals are belters! Not a bad goal in the bunch. Another great result against a good team. I can’t fault the players. Next week we have a week off and then its all in. Boca, Shacharit, Faithfold B and then after the new year King Crown, there is no rest and all matches will be a challenge. The players are ready for the fight!!”
REAL SOSOBAD P SHACHARIT DONETSK P
MATCH POSTPONED – WATERLOGGED PITCH