Five-star Raiders move top of Division One

Five-star Raiders move top of Division One

Oranges turn on the style against Hendon B to leapfrog Lions and go first in the table.

Andrew Sherwood is the Jewish News Sport and Community Editor

Raiders B continued their good form with a comfortable victory over Hendon at the Ark.

MGBSFL Division One:
NL Raiders B 5 Hendon B 1
Sunday, 20 November, 2016

It didn’t take long for Raiders to get off and running, a delightful crossfield ball from Marc Woolfe found Will Ufland on the right wing and his excellent cross was flicked on by Alex Goodman for Jake Gilbert to head home after two minutes.

Raiders grabbed their second when Woolfe played an exquisite through ball for Gilbert who squared it to the oncoming Ufland to slot home on the quarter-hour mark.

Raiders continued to dominate without creating as many chances as they’d have liked and would have extended their lead but Si Buchler saw his shot come back off the bar and when the ball eventually came back to him, the Hendon goalkeeper did extremely well to turn the shot around the post.

Hendon came into the game in the last 10 minutes of the first half without really testing David Simnock, but certainly showed that they weren’t done. However, Raiders managed to capitalise to claim a third just before the break when debutant Jack Roberts broke into the left hand side of the box and finished superbly past the Hendon goalkeeper.

Hendon started the second half strongly with Raiders struggling to settle down with a half-time tactical switch and five minutes into the second half they pulled one back with a good finish past the helpless Simnock.

After a nervy 10 minutes or so Raiders regained their rhythm and looked confident going forward and but for some fine saves by Hendon’s number one, it could have been a lot more.

Hendon could have grabbed another but for a stunning point-blank save by Simnock. Raiders did get their fourth when Lewis Blitz pounced after Hendon failed to clear a corner and the scoring was finished by the impressive Roberts who smashed the ball low beyond the Hendon keeper after being set free down the right.

Raiders joint-manager Zack Gothelf said: “We know that we’ve got a big three games coming up against two title rivals and the chance to play a side from the division above and it was important that we picked up all three points today. More importantly was the manner of the victory, we’re playing some seriously attractive football at the moment and we’re getting the rewards, the players look confident and there’s a great buzz around the team”.

“We’re sitting at the top of the table now and we still feel like there’s more to give so it’s a great position to be in and hopefully we’ll still be there come the winter break”.

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