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Hendon lay down title credentials, as HMH humbled by Camden

Jordan Sapler's side defeat reigning Premier Division champions Oakwood to open up a three-point lead at top of table

Andrew Sherwood is the Jewish News Sport and Community Editor

Hendon United laid down its title intentions after beating Oakwood A in the match of the day, to open up a three-point gap at the top of the Premier Division table.

SUNDAY’S RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):

PREMIER DIVISION:
Hendon United 2 Oakwood A 0
Los Camden A HMH 1

DIVISION ONE:
Los Camden B 0 Jewdinese 3
North London Raiders A 3 Fairlop 5
Redbridge Jewish Care A 1 Oakwood B 1
Scrabble A 0 North London Galaxy 9

DIVISION TWO:
Faithfold C 1 Scrabble B 1
Hertswood Vale P North London Raiders Masters P
Redbridge Jewish Care BFaithfold B 0
SPEC 1 Mill Hill Dons 1
Temple Fortune FC Team 2

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LEAGUE GOALSCORERS CHART (League & Cup)

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TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:

GOALKEEPER:
Steven Murad (Los Camden A)
Ben Lewis (Oakwood B)
Richie Caplin (Redbridge A)
Josh Frey (SPEC)

DEFENCE:
Jake Doffman (North London Raiders A)
Gav Fox (North London Raiders A)
Jonti Aremband (Hendon United)
Avi Korman(Hendon United)
Ari Nevies (Hendon United)
Josh Cohen (Los Camden A)
Mike Khalastchi (Los Camden A)
Gav Krieger (Los Camden A)
Josh Tiano (Los Camden A)
Jamie Murray (North London Galaxy)
Dan Adleman (Redbridge A)

MIDFIELD:
Ari Last (Hendon United)
Rocky Spitzer (Hendon United)
Nick Phillips (Mill Hill Dons)
Elliot Espinoza (Oakwood B)
Ben Feingold (Oakwood B)
Jacob Kalms (Temple Fortune)
Josh Lewis (Temple Fortune)

STRIKERS:
James Jaconelli (Fairlop)
Jack Davis (North London Galaxy)
Tyler Smith (North London Galaxy)
Aron Gale (North London Raiders A)
Zak Summerfield (Oakwood B)

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GOALS OF THE WEEK:

1)  Luke Lewis (North London Galaxy) – After Jonny Daitz hounded the defender into a mistake, Lewis capitalised, shifting it onto his right and from 25 yards out, taking the goalkeeper and defence by surprise with an audacious strike into the top corner

2) Avi Garson (Faithfold C) – Ran from the halfway line ran past a host of defenders, before finally nutmegging the last man and finishing 

3) Oli Sade (Los Camden A) – Picked up the ball on the edge of his box, cleverly turned his man, beat four men down the left hand side of the pitch, using trickery, pace and skill, before slotting past the goalkeeper

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SAVES OF THE WEEK:

1) Zack Nathan (North London Galaxy) – A wonderful, acrobatic tip over the bar from an audacious lob from range

2) Richie Caplin (Redbridge Jewish Care A) – A point-blank save in the first half to keep the score as 0-0

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QUOTES OF THE WEEK:

1) Luke Lewis (North London Galaxy) – “Gutted we couldn’t get to double figures but the clean sheet was crucial”

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PREMIER DIVISION:
LATEST STANDINGS:

Pld Won Draw Loss Goal+ Goal- Diff Points
Hendon United 5 4 0 1 20 10 10 12
Faithfold A 5 3 0 2 18 19 -1 9
Los Camden A 4 3 1 0 11 8 3 7
HMH 4 2 0 2 15 7 8 6
Oakwood A 4 2 0 2 11 4 7 6
London Lions 4 1 1 2 9 11 -2 4
Brady 4 0 0 4 4 20 -16 0


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HENDON UNITED 2 OAKWOOD A 0
Hendon moved three points clear at the top of the table as they claimed this impressive win over the O’s.

Jonny Kay and Avi Korman – from the penalty spot – scored the goals, with manager Jordan Sapler telling jewishnews.co.uk: “I asked the boys to step up today and to a man every single one of them did. 

“The first half was a close, tight affair with both defences cancelling each other out and sloppy attacking play and deservedly finished 0-0.

“Half-time we got together and spoke about improving our play in the final third. We won a corner which Chaim Korman drilled in and it wasn’t cleared properly, cleared to Jonny Kay on the edge of the box who drilled a low hard shot into the far corner, was a great finish.

“Not long after that the ball again wasn’t cleared and Chaim stole in before the Oakwood centre back who brought him down in the box for a penalty. Avi Korman made no mistake high and to the right to go up 2-0.

“From then on we took control, winning the midfield battle and going head to head with Oakwood. Rocky Spitzer had the chance from 35 yards when he picked the ball up and hit the most delicious strike which moved and dipped striking the bar and leaving the goal shaking.

“We ended the game superbly and to not let Oakwood have a shot on goal, or even a notable chance shows just how well we played today.

“The boys are rightfully delighted with their performance, onto next week.”

Oakwood manager Daniel Kristall told jewishnews.co.uk: “A very disappointing result after dominating the first half. I read one match report that said the first half was even. I strongly disagree and felt we were first to the ball, won most our battles with the only thing missing being our cutting edge.

“Goals change games and we conceded a poor one from a corner, five minutes into the second half. From then on, our reaction wasn’t good enough although the conditions were always going to make it difficult to battle back in.

“It’s a marathon and not a sprint. We play Hendon two more times in the league. Everyone is beating everyone, we have 3 separate cup competitions so lots to pay for although DC and I do expect us to perform better than we did in the final half an hour yesterday.”

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LOS CAMDEN A HMH 1
HMH somehow failed to take a point from this encounter, having found themselves leading for 70 minutes.

However, Camden fine recent run continues as it recorded another impressive win thanks to goals from Gav Krieger and Oli Sade’s winner ten minutes from time.

Manager Stirling Kay told jewishnews.co.uk: “I am so proud of the lads, this is a team with a never-say-die attitude that does not know when they are beat. We were unlucky to go behind by a freak goal but the boys rallied at half-time and got stuck in and ground the result I believe we deserved for the way we played.

“Although we are playing some great football and getting some good results, I believe we can find an extra gear and will be working on that in training. Some praise needs to go to our defence where Josh Tiano, Mike Kalatschi, Gav Krieger and Josh Cohen, with the evergreen Johann Jordi in front of them nullified a top HMH side.

“Best of luck to Goldberg and his team, it was a well fought game and we look forward to battling with them at the top end of the table come the end of the season.”

George Goldberg scored for HMH, for whom manager Avi Goldberg told jewishnews.co.uk: “All credit to Stirling’s team. They came out the blocks fast and aggressive and it took us a long time to find our game. We went 1-0 up against the run of play, and then we eventually found our game and started to play our football particularly in the first half of the second half where we were unplayable, they couldn’t get out of their own half. But we couldn’t turn that dominance into goals.

“Credit to them as they hung in, equalising from a corner and then grabbing the winner. A disappointing result but credit to Stirling’s team who battled away.”

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DIVISION ONE:
LATEST STANDINGS:

Pld Won Draw Loss Goal+ Goal- Diff Points
Redbridge A 6 4 2 0 29 10 19 14
Fairlop 5 4 1 0 12 4 8 13
Bayern Mincha
4 2 1 1 12 6 6 7
NL Galaxy 4 2 1 1 13 10 3 7
Jewdinese 4 1 3 0 7 4 3 6
Oakwood B 3 1 1 1 5 2 3 4
Los Camden B
5 1 0 4 7 15 -8 3
NL Raiders A
4 0 1 3 7 11 -4 1
Scrabble A 5 0 0 5 2 34 -32 0


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LOS CAMDEN B 0 JEWDINESE 3
Jewdinese claimed its first win of the season as two goals from Zack Collins piled on the misery for Camden.

James Ross scored the visitors’ third goal.

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NORTH LONDON RAIDERS 3 FAIRLOP FC 5
Fairlop reinforced its title credentials as four goals from James Jaconelli helped it to this epic win.

Harrison Grant scored the fifth goal for the visitors, for whom manager Jake Sanders told jewishnews.co.uk: “We were far from our best today. Some poor defending on set-pieces allowed our opponents back into the game, but the second-half was much better and from the moment we levelled it at 3-3, there was only going to be one winner.

“Our top scorer and talisman James Jaconelli showed everyone why he is so crucial to us today. He was a frustrated figure in the first-half, but when chances came his way in the second 45, the outcome was inevitable.

“Special mention to Bradley Porter Who was starting his first game since May and it looked like he’d never been away. A rock from start to finish.”

Aron Gale scored twice for Raiders, with Jake Doffman also on target. Manager Jake Yudelowitz told jewishnews.co.uk: “Having been 3-2 up after going 1-0 and probably playing the worst football of our season so far, I thought this was going to be our day. Sadly some individual errors and one blatantly wrong offside decision cost us ultimately.

“The defence threw their bodies on the line, I couldn’t have asked for more. Matt Warner’s deliveries were on point once again. Missing five first choice starters did not help. We were down to the bare bones today against one of the two best teams in the league. Aron Gale is finally off the mark which is great to see.

“Special mention goes to the two Fairlop boys who, despite partaking in a feisty affair, were big enough mensches to help our player bandage his head up before he went to A&E after a nasty clash of heads.”

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REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 1 OAKWOOD B 1
Oakwood came back from Essex with an impressive point as they held the leaders.

Lolu Hibbert equalised for the visitors, with joint-managers Jason Stein and Simon Field telling jewishnews.co.uk: “A point in Essex is never to be sniffed at, so while we’re pleased with the point we know we left goals out there and should have won this one.

“In the first half we played some fantastic football, created really good chances, should have taken a few and I think Redbridge were surprised by how good our football was.

“In the second half we showcased some different skills and displayed a resiliency and toughness that we are not known for. Especially to come from behind so quickly. We tightened up at the back after Redbridge had a lot of long ball and counter attacking threat. And ultimately we were able to see the game out.

“Pleased with the performance overall.”

Alex Paraskeva scored for Redbridge, with player-manager Sam Rank telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Oakwood came with a game plan, and this game plan worked. Fair play to the Oakwood boys. 

“It was also a lesson for the RJC Management team, needing to ensure we are able to change the style of the game to ensure we can dictate the game.
“To win a league, there will be games like this, but to still be unbeaten shows great character by the RJC boys. We go into next week game with strong spirit and hopes, to get back on winning ways.”

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SCRABBLE A 0 NORTH LONDON GALAXY 9
Hat-tricks from Jack Davis and Tyler Smith sent Galaxy to this rocketing win.

Jonny Dalitz and chairman/player-manager Luke Lewis also got on the scoresheet. Lewis told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a much deserved win, we were ruthless from the offset. We learnt a lot last week and feel the new system compliments our personnel a lot better. Gutted we couldn’t get to double figures but the clean sheet was crucial. Massive confidence booster. 

“Overall an excellent performance from Galaxy all round. Hopefully the Redbridge game was nothing but a blip and we can push on from here.” 

Scrabble manager Ray Abrahams told jewishnews.co.uk: “We met a quality side today. Galaxy are a young good footballing side who are without doubt heading for the Premier Division, if not this season then next. We held them at 0-0 for 30 minutes and went in 2-0 down at half-time, but their second half display was awesome. They whipped the ball round quickly and didn’t hoof it but played some brilliant stuff and their finishing was clinical.

“I can’t fault our team for effort and all the boys gave 100 percent but once the third goal went in after half-time we had some very tired legs out there and when you are in our position the confidence just drains away.

“It’s getting harder to pick people up after a bad run of losses but we will do so and be back to go again next week against Jewdinese.

“With yet more injuries we may need to dip in to the transfer market again shortly for some much needed strengthening of our squad as we look to pick up the points we badly need.”

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DIVISION TWO:
LATEST STANDINGS:

Pld Won Draw Loss Goal+ Goal- Diff Points
Faithfold B 6 4 1 1 20 4 16 13
Hertswood Vale 5 4 0 1 13 8 5 12
SPEC 6 3 2 1 17 12 5 11
Redbridge B 5 3 0 2 11 8 3 9
Scrabble B 5 2 3 0 6 3 3 8
Mill Hill Dons 6 2 1 3 13 8 5 7
Temple Fortune 6 2 1 3 9 19 -10 7
NL Raiders Masters 5 1 2 2 4 7 -3 5
FC Team 5 1 0 4 17 18 -1 3
Faithfold C 5 0 1 4 3 23 -20 1


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FAITHFOLD C SCRABBLE B 1
Faithfold claimed its first point of the season, as they somewhat surprisingly held Scrabble to a point.

The Greens came out strong and bossed the game for the first half, though the sides went in level at the break, the visitors equalising through Neil Kochane after Avi Garson had put the hosts in front with a stunning solo effort.

Scrabble started to get into the game after the break, though couldn’t produced the end product. They should have grabbed the points five minutes from time, but Alex Bourne couldn’t find a way past the home goalkeeper.

Scrabble joint-manager Jon Yantin told jewishnews.co.uk: “On balance, Faithfold deserved its first point of the season.”

Faithfold’s Ben Kfir told jewishnews.co.uk: “Pleased with a point and will look to build on it.”

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HERTSWOOD VALE P NORTH LONDON RAIDERS MASTERS P

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REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B 1 FAITHFOLD B 0
Faithfold succumbed to its first defeat of the season as Redbridge maintained its title push thanks to Steve Summer’s strike.

Faithfold manager Doron Shooter told jewishnews.co.uk: “We were up against it as soon as we went 1-0 down inside five minutes. We were too one-dimensional in terms of attacking meaning that all of our possession ultimately counted for nothing in the end.”

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SPEC 1 MILL HILL DONS 1
A late strike from Mark Leader denied the Dons a third league win of the season.

Jordan Stein fired the visitors ahead early on, but were unable to take advantage of their possession and chances, as SPEC grabbed a late point.

SPEC player-manager Ricky Lawrence told jewishnews.co.uk: “We were very, very lucky to only be 1-0 down at half time but we put in a much better second half performance and deserved our equaliser.

“MH Dons played some very good stuff and probably should have been out of sight. They’re a very good team and could have been out of sight but after we equalised, the game could have gone either way.”

Dons manager Brandon Hamme told jewishnews.co.uk: “We were very unlucky today, really good performances throughout the team. The attitude and commitment was class. Very unfortunate to not get the three points, we needed to finish those chances but wasn’t to be. We can hold our heads high, it was a huge improvement on last week.

“We played some of the best football I’ve seen us ever play in spells during the game. Our passing in the middle of the park, was the best I’ve seen it this season. We defended set-pieces extremely well, when this had been an issue in previous weeks. It was just gutting that we didn’t get the result that I believe our performance deserved.

“A big credit to SPEC FC, especially their keeper Josh Frey who I thought had a superb game. A very well contested game. We can hold our heads high.”

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TEMPLE FORTUNE 3 FC TEAM 2
Fortune claimed its second league win of the season as a late Jacob Kalms winner saw it claim the points.

Danny Sherman and Mark Singer scored its other goals, with manager Simon Linden telling jewishnews.co.uk: “It was an excellent win against tough opposition who destroyed us only last month.

“The last two weeks we have turned the corner, credit to the squad for all playing a part and winning two on the bounce, we must make sure we continue this form against SPEC next week which is a big test.”

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