Faithfold left floundering after eleven-goal thrashing by Lions

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Faithfold left floundering after eleven-goal thrashing by Lions

Giant killers emphatically beaten by Premier Division side in one-sided Cyril Anekstein cup tie

Andrew Sherwood is the Jewish News Sport and Community Editor

Faithfold A were unable to continue their giant-killing act as they were comprehensively beaten by London Lions.


FC Vista VS Oakwood A

CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP SECOND ROUND: (number in brackets represents division of team):
Fairlop FC (2) 1 Hendon United Sports (PREM) 8
FC Team (2) 0 Camden Park (PREM) 3
Maccabi London Lions White (PREM) 11 Faithfold A (1) 0
Oakwood B (1) 2 Bayern Mincha (2) 4

Redbridge Jewish Care A 1 Maccabi London Lions Blue 2

L’Equipe 0 Scrabble 11
Los Blancos 0 Temple Fortune A 0

Catford & Bromley 1 North London Raiders C 5
Faithfold B 0 Straw Hat Pirates 2
Hertswood Vale 1 Temple Fortune B 3
Mill Hill Dons P Real Hendon P
(unplayable pitch)





Jordan Sharifia (Maccabi London Lions White)
Lee Fegan (Temple Fortune A)

Ben Harris (Camden Park)
Ben Cantopher (Scrabble)
Zak McLeod (Scrabble)
Adam Newman (Scrabble)
Simeon Cohen (Straw Hat Pirates)
Saul Tiano (Straw Hat Pirates)
James Van Stratten (Straw Hat Pirates)
Jake Yudelowitz (Straw Hat Pirates)
Brett Stead (Temple Fortune A)

David Khalastchi (Camden Park)
Adam Abadi (Maccabi London Lions Blue)
Nick Barnett (Maccabi London Lions Blue)
Jamie Jackson (Maccabi London Lions White)
Jordan Sherne (Oakwood B)
Dan Green (Scrabble)
Josh Pugh (Scrabble)
Rob Rodney (Scrabble)
Conor Brand (Temple Fortune A)
Anthony Beilin (Temple Fortune B)

Sam Hammerton (Maccabi London Lions White)
Kiki Levin (Maccabi London Lions White)
Craig Edwards (Scrabble)
Aron Gale (Straw Hat Pirates)





1) Daniel Selwyn (Oakwood B) – Stunning equaliser hit with the outside of his left foot

2) Conor Perl (Maccabi London Lions White) – The pick of his side’s 11 goals was a terrific bicycle kick

3) Matt Pearlman (Camden Park) – Move started in Camden’s own box and ended with Pearlman, running from inside their half, exchanging two one-twos and lifting the ball over the on-coming goalkeeper

4) Nick Barnett (Maccabi London Lions Blue) – A lovely bending strike with his weaker left-foot from outside the box curled into the bottom left hand corner

5) Zak McLeod (Scrabble) – Picked the ball up just inside the L’Equipe half, beat two defenders with awesome pace, before unleashing a dipping powerful drive from distance

6) Gab Saul (Temple Fortune B) – Adam Lenz won the ball on the half-way line, before flicking a deft backheel to Steven Black. He laid the ball off to Saul who, from 25 yards out, unleashed an absolute rocket into the top right hand corner

7) Aron Gale (Straw Hat Pirates) – Jake Yudelowitz’s thundering run down the middle saw him play a couple of 1-2’s with Gideon Gale, who then played in his brother who fired home a stunning 30-yard strike



1) Jordan Sharifia (Maccabi London Lions White) – An important penalty save, at what was a crucial stage of the game



1) Jason Stein (Oakwood B) – “In the end we feel Mincha mugged us”

2) Aaron Dias (Straw Hat Pirates) – “In full, we’ll take every positive we can out the game, which equals absolutely nothing.”


Oakwood’s London FA Cup adventure is over after they were beaten at Vista.

Sam Cantor and David Woolman scored for the MGBSFL side, with manager Daniel Kristall telling “It was a tough game although I felt we matched them from the first minute. At 0-0, we missed two great chances and at 1-2, gave them two poor goals. Even at 4-2 down, we hit the bar.

“It’s disappointing to go out after conceding some very poor goals, but we will learn from it and use it ahead of some big tests in the league. We didn’t make Vista work hard enough for their goals and we know the areas that we must improve on.

“This was always a bonus competition for us and it was good for some of our boys to get game time as we were able to use the squad and try a few different things out.

“We now focus on Camden this Sunday where we will hope to bring back some key players and get back to winning ways.”


CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP SECOND ROUND (number in bracket represents division of team):

Hendon kick-started their season with this emphatic win.

Daniel Rosen scored the host’s consolation, with manager Aaron Dias telling “Today we decided to play our second string side as with no disrespect, this cup is the equivalent to the league cup and we are already in to the next round of the FA Cup. But credit to Hendon who went full strength and and have prioritised the smaller cups.

“The loss of David Farkash proved to much for the boats and we really missed his pace and hold up play down the left. In the end. It became men against boys but our U16’s B team will return back to the league next week.

“As for the game, Daniel Rosen scored a beautiful goal at the back post. Apart from that, they may have been 8 goals at the other end but in the famous words of arsene Wenger ‘I did not see’

“In full, we’ll take every positive we can out the game, which equals absolutely nothing.”


Goals from David Khalastchi, Dan Orgel and Matt Pearlman ensured Stirling Kay’s weren’t on the end of a cup upset.

Kay told “Unfortunately for them, the game went away from them with the sending off of their defender after 15 minutes for professional foul.

“We then scored the goal of the game with a debut goal for Matt Pearlman, after which the result was never in doubt.

“In truth the game was finished after the sending off and we never got out of third gear. But on a positive it enabled me to give a number of squad players 90 minutes

“This was our third win in a row which can only give every one in the squad more believe, which now means in both cups we are through to the next round.”

Team player-manager Mitch Young told “The game was killed after five minutes when Marc Hecht got sent off and then Richard Salmon pulled up with a hamstring injury

“But good luck to them for the rest of the competition.”


The Lions showed no mercy on The Greens as they racked up double figures in the most emphatic of wins.

Sam Hammerton, on his Sunday debut, Conor Perl and Kiki Levin all helped themselves to hat-tricks, while Josh Weiner and Will Beresford completed the rout.

Player-manager James Gershfield told “It’s amazing what you can achieve with a full squad and no-one being sent off. It’s a first for us this season.

“Jordan Sharifia saved a penalty at a crucial stage of the game at 1-0 and we never looked back after that. Save of the week for me!

“Having Jamie Jackson back in the centre of midfield was a huge boost for us today and even though he is still not 100 percent fit, he put in a proper shift today and performed like a spartan!

“Having Alex Taylor back from Suspension was also a huge boost for us and we never looked like conceding with him controlling the back four.

“We were brilliant all round today and our attacking play was sensational and a pleasure to watch. It was great for Sam Hammerton to score a hat-trick on his debut and at only 17 years old, he’s showing signs of becoming a great player as too is Kiki Levin who also at the age of 17 has now scored seven goals in his first season at men’s level.”

Faithfold player-manager Avi Markiewicz told “Not really sure what to say. Unfortunately for us we just had too many players unavailable.

“The commitment of some was more than just questionable. There are things going on in people’s lives that are unavoidable, but Sunday morning football should be a priority over anything else other than that and today too many of my players chose things that were avoidable.

“We had about five or so debutants, had to call up a couple from the B team and had another five players playing out of position. Lions had some good young players, Akiva Levine looking excellent but they were certainly no better than Redbridge A, maybe not even B and with our full team I have no doubt who would have come out on top.

“At 1-0 down we had a penalty and missed it and from there, theykicked on and we didn’t.

“It’s a shame as we had a really good cup run last year and would have liked to go one further this year, but now we go on to concentrate on the league with a huge game next week against Blancos.”


The Division Two high-fliers stunned their higher league opposition.

Daniel Seligman and Daniel Selwyn scored for the hosts, for whom manager Jason Stein told “Such a frustrating game today, which we lost in the first and last ten minutes.

“When you’re 2-0 down after five minutes you really giving yourself so much to do. To our credit we quickly pulled it back, but when we were on top we failed to take all the chances we created. In the end we feel Mincha mugged us. They’ll undoubtedly sleep well on the flight home.

“Fair play to Bayern Mincha who took all their chances brilliantly. They’re a decent bunch of lads and in Adam Ellis they’ve got a once in a generation talent.

“We desperately need some of the injured players like Haydon Davidson and Dan Ash back ahead of Redbridge B next week.”

Adam Ellis helped himself to a hat-trick, with Gavriel Nussbaum scoring Mincha’s fourth.



Redbridge saw their 100 percent winning start to the season come to end as Lions impressed in Essex.

Jono Gaon and Nick Barnett scored for The Lions, for whom manager Sam Marchant told “I said last week that when it comes together we will be a formidable force and today showed just that. It came together nicely and we were correctly rewarded for our efforts.

“There is still a long way to go, and again, I say we are young, but this just shows and sends a message to what we are capable of.

“To go away to the unbeaten league leaders and perform how we did is a real credit to the squad. The first ten minutes were a bit slow but once we got in the game we dominated and created the best chances.

“There was a strange 15 seconds of play in the first half as their player had a clearance/shot which got caught in the wind, bounced over our keepers head and hit the bar, but 10 seconds later the ball was in the Redbridge net after a wonderful controlled-header and then lob by Jono Gaon.

“We conceded, yet again from a set-piece, this time a crossed free-kick but we didn’t let our heads drop and knew the game was there for the taking. I can’t remember the last time we conceded from open play!

“The second half was all Lions and I can’t remember Harpin being called into action once. A few chances went begging and we need to be more clinical and ruthless, but a lovely strike from Nick Barnett 10 minutes from time got us over the line. It feels so much better when you outplay opponents and actually get the three points rather than what we have seen at other times during the season.

“Another promising sign all-in-all, but we need to continue and improve and make these performances the consistent ones. If we do that and perform with the same attitude and mentality, the future looks good.”

Richie Caplin’s scored for Jon Jacob’s side, who told “A poor game with a distinct lack of quality but Lions youth won out in the end and scored a late winner.”



Scrabble moved up into second spot as they claimed the joint-highest winning margin of the day.

Craig Edwards and Zak McLeod helped themselves to hat-tricks, Ben Bowers chipped in with two, with Lorian Madanes, Josh Pugh and Zac Summerfield also all getting on the scoresheet.

Manager Ray Abrahams told “We were on fire today and some of our football was top class, but we took a long time to get going and I had to push the boys at half-time to pick up the pace. But they responded brilliantly in the second half and to score eleven goals In the game was superb.

“Overall we dominated the midfield and were clinical in front of goal which we’ve threatened all season but never achieved but today it all came together and we also kept it tight at the back when we had to and defended well.

“Promotion could come down to goal difference at the end of the season and we’ve really boosted the goal difference now with this result today.

“We also worked hard in the second half going uphill on a sloping pitch and scored some great goals and with the other result going in our favour today we are right in the mix near the top of the table where we need to be at this stage of the season.”


Blancos spurned the chance to close the gap at the top after they were held to this frustrating point.

Blancos manager Joel Holder told “Tough game and it’s a sign of champions when you draw despite under performing.”

Fortune manager Simon Linden told “It was always going to be a tough game against the league leaders and I’m absolutely thrilled to have picked up a point, it says a lot that some of the boys came off the pitch disappointed to have not walked away with all three points.

“We have to use this as a stepping stone in our bid to make sure we stay up the season.”



Catford saw their unbeaten start to the season end in dramatic style as Raiders turned in one of the performances of the day.


The Pirates claimed their second win of the season, which in turn also left Faithfold at the foot of the table.

Aron Gale scored both goals for the visitors, for whom manager Elliot Cukier told ” A frustrating win this weekend. Not because we were lucky – because we deserved more.

“Our rock solid defence shut down every attempt these guys had, our midfield cut off every opportunities and our attack got close again and again and again. But when they play one attacking player and everyone else behind the ball, there is very little that can be done.

“For the majority of the game, it was like the last minutes of an online FIFA game where they parked the bus in order to prevent more goals. We outclassed them today, both in the way we played and the manner which we held ourselves on the pitch, but now we look ahead. The next month is full of difficult fixtures week in week out. But we know where we are now. We know how to play. We know what we need to do in order to win. And now we are going to go to that. UTSH.”


Fortune climbed off the bottom of the table as they claimed their first win and points of the season.

Jordan Jay scored twice, with Gab Saul also on target. Manager Darren Zitren told “This was the performance of our season so far. Make no mistake, there was a lot of pressure on us to deliver a result today and we duly delivered. For the second time this season, we are off and running and we couldn’t be prouder of our boys today.

“Our passion, patience, aggression and commitment won us the game today and the three points are fully deserved after a very tough few weeks. We have kept saying it and we will continue to say it; we have a very good team here and we need to make sure we continue with this form into our next two games against Mill Hill Dons and Faithfold.

“We fell behind to a freak own-goal and we have to commend the players for remaining calm and continuing to play our game.

“Our equaliser arrived ten minutes before half-time and it was a thing of beauty. Adam Lenz won the ball on the half way line and used his physicality to hold off his man before flicking a deft backheel to Steven Black on the right wing. Black bombed forward before cutting inside and laying off a pass to Gab Saul who, from 25 yards out, set the ball on his left foot and unleashed an absolute rocket into the top right hand corner. A phenomenal team goal and a stunning finish.

“The second half was a tight affair but then super sub Jordan Jay entered the field of play with 30 mins to play and scored with his first touch of the ball. Steven Black won the ball on the right and delivered a perfect cross for Jordan Jay to send a neat volley back across the keeper and into the corner of the net.

“Our final goal came right at the death. With Hertswood sending bodies forward, Fortune broke and found themselves bearing down on goal. After a fine cross into the area, Simon Cohen set the ball perfectly for Jay who thundered the ball into the roof of the net to ensure the three points were coming back down the A41.”




Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...


Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.


There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.


In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.


Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish News also produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more: