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Ten-man Raiders stun Premier leaders Hendon

Daniel Shafron's side produce the result of the day as they hand table-toppers its first defeat of the season

Andrew Sherwood is the Jewish News Sport and Community Editor

Premier Division leaders Hendon United suffered their first defeat of the season against a Raiders side who played 70 minutes with ten men

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

PREMIER DIVISION:
Camden Park P Redbridge Jewish Care A P
MATCH POSTPONED – WATERLOGGED PITCH

Maccabi London Lions Blue 4 Brady Maccabi 1
North London Raiders A 3 Hendon United Sports 0
Oakwood A 2 Maccabi London Lions White 2

DIVISION ONE:
Faithfold A 2 Redbridge Jewish Care C 2
North London Raiders B 4 Oakwood B 1
Scrabble 2 Los Blancos 5
Temple Fortune A 1 Redbridge Jewish Care B 2

DIVISION TWO:
Catford & Bromley 2 Temple Fortune B 2
Fairlop FC P North London Raiders C P
MATCH POSTPONED – RAIDERS UNABLE TO FIELD SIDE

Mill Hill Dons 1 Bayern Mincha 2
Real Hendon 1 FC Team 1
Straw Hat Pirates 1 Hertswood Vale 3

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CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP SEMI-FINALS:
Los Blancos VS Oakwood A
Brady Maccabi VS Hendon United Sports

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PETER MORRISON TROPHY LAST 16 DRAW:

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LEAGUE GOALSCORERS CHART (League & Cup)

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TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:

GOALKEEPER:
Ollie Craig (Maccabi London Lions White)
Adam Zaidman (North London Raiders A)
Adam Solomons (Scrabble)

DEFENCE:
Nicky Cooper (Bayern Mincha)
Johny Gahan (Faithfold A)
Josh Wagner (Faithfold A)
Danny Feuer (Hertswood Vale)
Alex Trup (Hertswood Vale)
Jordan Abrahamson (North London Raiders A)
Joe Cohen (North London Raiders A)
Jonny Kay (North London Raiders A)
David Rhodes (North London Raiders A)
Doron Shooter (Real Hendon)
Martin Smulovitch (Real Hendon)
Richard Stern (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Oli Richardson (Scrabble)

MIDFIELD:
Jake Dayan (Bayern Mincha)
Josh Wood (Hertswood Vale)
Jono Gaon (Maccabi London Lions Blue)
Josh Bharier (North London Raiders A)
Ben Joseph (North London Raiders A)
Adam Joselyn (North London Raiders A)
Jordan Nathan (North London Raiders A)
Rob Blackman (North London Raiders B)
David Esterkin (North London Raiders B)
Louie Libbert (Oakwood B)
Zak McLeod (Scrabble)
Ben Portnoi (Scrabble)
Josh Pugh (Scrabble)

STRIKERS:
Kiki Levin (Maccabi London Lions White)

Josh Goldstein (North London Raiders A)
David Dinkin (North London Raiders A)
Jake Gilbert (North London Raiders A)
Brad Wine (Oakwood A)
Zac Summerfield (Scrabble)

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GOALS OF THE WEEK:

1) Sam Modlin (Oakwood B) – A raking ball from Louie Libbert found Moldlin, who took the ball down, composed himself and fired home from a good angle

2) Joel Barnett (Los Blancos) – Received the ball on the corner of the box, waist high and with angle against him rifled a venomous first-time volley, slamming in off the post

3) Josh Cuby (Oakwood A) – A superb free-kick fired into the top corner

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SAVES OF THE WEEK:

1) Joe Botchin (Oakwood A) – An unbelievable flying save to his right to keep Oakwood in the game

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QUOTES OF THE WEEK:

1) Los Blancos: “If anyone would like to watch the highlights of this goal please refer to Robin Van Persie wonder strike against Charlton in 2006.”

2) Josh Hambling (Redbridge Jewish Care B) – “It was a like trying to get an old banger started on a cold winters morning chugging along and barely making it to the finish.

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PREMIER DIVISION:
FIXTURES & RESULTS:
TABLE:

CAMDEN PARK P REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A P
MATCH POSTPONED – WATERLOGGED PITCH

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MACCABI LONDON LIONS BLUE 4 BRADY MACCABI 1
Brady failed to take advantage of the two sides above them dropping points as they suffered this comprehensive loss.

Joshua Bloom and Jono Gaon scored two goals each for the hosts, with manager Sam Marchant telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Today was a must win game for us and we did just that.

“It’s always a tough game against Brady and previously we had thrown a two-goal lead away against them so we wanted to get a victory and put things right. The boys worked hard for each other and created many great chances which unfortunately we couldn’t take.

“Nonetheless, we got the all important three points. We need to take this performance into our next games and show some consistency which has been lacking during the season. All in all it was a good, solid performance and we want to finish the season strong.”

Ben Henry scored the visitor’s goal, with joint player-manager Elliot Dagul telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We weren’t at the races today. We regained some pride in the second half, but overall it wasn’t a good performance from us.

“We will pick ourselves up to go again next week in the semi-final against Hendon.”

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NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A 3 HENDON UNITED SPORT 0
Arguably the shock result of the day saw the league leaders spectacularly beaten by the struggling Raiders.

Josh Goldstein scored twice, with Josh Bharier claiming their third. Manager Daniel Shafron told jewishnews.co.uk: “This was our most complete performance this season. To go down to 10 men after 20 minutes and control the game as well we did is a testament to all of the boys involved today.

“We won every individual battle, created several chances and could have scored more. Our attacking players were clinical and their pace caused endless problems for the Hendon back line throughout the entire game. Defensively we were solid and were first to every ball.

“All in all it was a superb game of football, very nearly ruined by such an early sending off, but I’m sure everyone will agree the result was completely justified.”

Hendon player-manager Greg Corin told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was an off day for the team. We had a lot of quality on display but only 11 players, one of which was doing the team a big favour and shouldn’t really have been playing because of injury. We made a couple of uncharacteristic errors which led to conceding goals and going forward we struggled to find the space and create enough good chances.

“We’re all left very disappointed, Hendon aren’t used to losing and the manner in which we lost to 10 men has been hard to take.

“Raiders played very well and had some good quality on display and it was unfortunate the referee decided to send a Raiders player off for dissent as the game was being played in the right spirit and the sending-off changed the pattern of the game drastically as Raiders retreated and were then successful late in the game on the break. But fair play to them as they were very organised and we couldn’t break them down.

“We have a big game next week against Brady and it’s how we react from this first defeat of the season which will show our real quality.”

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OAKWOOD A 2 MACCABI LONDON LIONS WHITE 2
The O’s failed to go back to the top of the table as they were held to a point.

Goals from Sam Hammerton and Max Misrahi ensured the Lions an impressive point.

Josh Cuby and Simon Davies scored for the O’s, with manager Daniel Kristall telling jewishnews.co.uk: “As opposed to last week, where we felt we dropped two points, this was a big point given the circumstances.

“With our last two results and news from the Raiders-Hendon game, it just goes to prove how good this league is. It’s wide open which can only be a good thing.

“The Premier Division is the strongest in the three years I’ve been involved and is a great advert for Jewish football. We turn attention to a very tricky cup semi on Sunday where we hope to recover some of the walking wounded.

“We wish Tom a speedy recovery. He’s a true warrior and has been brilliant this season.”

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DIVISION ONE:
FIXTURES & RESULTS
TABLE

FAITHFOLD A 2 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE C 2
The Greens saw their lead at the top of the table reduced to a point as goals from Ben Oldstein and Jason Patmore earned Redbridge a somewhat surprising point.

Josh Wagner and Ben Shirbini scored for the hosts, with player-manager Avi Markiewicz telling jewishnews.co.uk: “There is no doubt that today was two points dropped. We are still unbeaten and showed good character to come back but it still felt like a loss at the end of the day.”

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NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B 4 OAKWOOD B 1
Raiders took advantage of Faithfold’s draw – together with recording this emphatic win – as they moved to within a point off the lead.

Having played second best in the first half, the home side switched formation at the break – going from 3-5-2 to 4-3-3 – and it paid dividends as began to take a hold of the game.

Jake Gilbert headed in Rob Blackman’s long throw to draw the scores level, before David Esterkin picked out Gilbert inside the area, who did the rest with a low left footed shot that arrowed into the corner of the goal.

Esterkin made it three, brilliantly flicking in Rob Blackman’s excellent in-swinging free-kick, before the scoring was complete David Dinkin and Blackman combined, to set up Gilbert to complete his hat-trick.

Manager Doron Salomon told jewishnews.co.uk: “It’s easy to see why Jason refers to missed chances so often after games. His team were excellent for 45 minutes today, but didn’t do themselves any justice allowing us to go into half time just a goal behind.

“We regrouped, made some changes and had some stern words about our individual and collective performances. The second was unrecognisable from the first and we showed exactly why we’ve won games playing with confidence and style recently.

“Every single player can be proud of themselves, even Lewis Blitz who channeled Marouane Fellaini with a six-minute cameo that including a ball in the face and a kick to the calf that forced him off. 

“It’s a shame we don’t have a game next week to carry on our momentum but we’ve put ourselves in a strong position in the league and we want to make it as uncomfortable for Faithfold as possible!”

Sam Modlin had given Oakwood the lead, for whom manager Jason Stein told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’ll sound like a broken record, but again it’s the chances missed. We’ve absolutely destroyed Raiders in the first half and missed good chances. Half a dozen really good chances. So when that happens it’s inevitable a good team like Raiders will always punish you. It’s a game of two halves.

“I’m sure Doron will talk about some tactical tweak at half-time, not sure, it’s more simple for me. They were brilliant second half and we fell to pieces. Raiders were well worth their win, completely clinical and that’s that. The shame for me is, as I say, the game should be over at half-time.

“They’ll now push on for second place and perhaps more while we’ll likely settle for third.”

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SCRABBLE LOS BLANCOS 5
The Blancos boys pulled off a stunning win to further boost their hopes of beating the drop – and to move within three points off Scrabble.

Oli Sade scored twice, with Avi KestenbaumJake Doffman and Joel Barnett also all on target. Manager Joel Salamon said: “A few harsh words were dished out at half-time, the second half is the standard we need to set ourselves for the rest of season.”

Josh Pugh and Ben Portnoi scored for Scrabble, for whom manager Ray Abrahams told jewishnews.co.uk: “We are very disappointed to have lost this game in the manner we did. We went in at half-time having got back into the game with a great goal by Josh and we hoped to kick on in the second half. But we lost our discipline in a mad 15-minute spell and Blancos took advantage, but in trying to claw things back after going 2-1 down, we left too many gaps at the back and got punished. The boys showed great spirit though to carry on fighting till the end and we got some consolation with a well taken second just before the final whistle.

“There were some outstanding performances though for us today despite the result and I’m proud of the 11 boys who turned out and kept going some with slight knocks, but aware that we didn’t even have a substitute on the bench to come on.

“Unfortunately as I’ve been saying for weeks we have so many long-term injuries that we were still putting the team together as late as Saturday evening and with seven or eight top quality players again sidelined today it has really had an impact on performances and results. We can only hope that in the last three league games we can get some of the boys back to provide us with some more options because we are now in a relegation fight and we need to start picking up points quickly.

“We fought hard to get out of Division Two a couple of seasons ago and after looking like promotion candidates a few weeks ago we now have a fight on our hands.”

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TEMPLE FORTUNE A 1 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B 2
Redbridge put some distance between themselves and the bottom side – by beating them – thanks to goals from Carl Dobrin and Daniel Gordon.

Manager Josh Hambling told jewishnews.co.uk: “Today’s game was never going to be straight forward due to the lack of football we’ve had the past couple months. We started off the game well getting an early goal which I think was the worst thing that could of happened in truth, our attitude and work rate dropped significantly after this.

“Although we got a second before half-time, I think half the team thought the game was in the bag.

“I didn’t feel like we came out of second gear today, it was a like trying to get an old banger started on a cold winters morning chugging along and barely making it to the finish.

“At the end of it all it’s still three points and a much needed win to take us into a busy period. We needed the game time more than anything as next weeks derby with the A’s will be a tough test for my boys so I’m pleased to see most of the players get 90 minutes.”

Elliott Mayer scored for Fortune, for whom manager Simon Linden told jewishnews.co.uk: “After a few weeks off it was good to return to action and we were unlucky to not get something out of the game. It’s been an extremely tough season with lots not going our way, but credit where it’s due, the lads worked hard today and David Brown’s volley just wide in injury time may have won us a point.

“It will be good to get away from league action next week and play in the cup.”

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DIVISION TWO:
FIXTURES & RESULTS
TABLE

CATFORD & BROMLEY MACCABI 2 TEMPLE FORTUNE B 2
Catford spurned the opportunity to close in on the top three sides as they were held to this point.

Gab Saul and Jonny Pressman goals had seen Catford seemingly heading to three points, but the Cats equalised with a scrappy effort right at the death.

Fortune’s Steven Black told jewishnews.co.uk: “Having gone a goal down to a fluke cross which found it’s way into the back of the net, we showed tremendous heart and character to lead 201 only for them to score a scrappy equaliser against the run of play.

“The feelings within the squad are mixed this afternoon. Whilst we are gutted to only take home a point, I am personally delighted with the continued improvement in this team. Every single man gave 110 percent and we can ask no more than that. It just wasn’t to be today. That said, we can go into next week’s game with lots of confidence and we will demand the same again as an absolute minimum.”

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FAIRLOP FC P NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C P
MATCH POSTPONED – RAIDERS UNABLE TO RAISE A SIDE

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MILL HILL DONS 1 BAYERN MINCHA 2
Mincha extended their lead at the top of the table to four points as they won this battle of the top-two.

Super-sub Nicky Cooper grabbed an equaliser for the visitors 20 minutes from time, before Adam Ellis kept his composure to slot home the winner from the penalty spot.

Manager Alon Pinhas told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a tough game. We conceded very early on in the game, being caught on the counter-attack and they piled on the pressure from there onwards.

“But we handled it quite well in my opinion, although not playing anywhere near our best, but the half-time break gave us an opportunity to catch our breath and change a couple of things.

“We went out in the second half eager to come home with three points as we know it would’ve been very hard to win the league having lost the game. We put them under pressure with our high press and by being more attacking and got our rewards.

“They did though really have us under pressure in the last 10 minutes when Adam Biton received a red card which we all thought was a harsh decision, but our strong defence and midfield did a great job keeping the ball out and seeing out the game. The title challenge is now on!”

Zach Cohen scored for the hosts, for whom manager Brandon Hamme told jewishnews.co.uk: “We looked in control in the first half, but in the second we were second best and struggled to create anything. It was a tale of two halves and our inability to finish our chances in the first half came back to bite.

“The goals we conceded were unfortunate but Bayern were class today and they deserved the win. They will be pushing us until the very end for promotion, we know we are in for a fight.”

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REAL HENDON 1 FC TEAM 1
Team also wasted the chance to close in at the top of the table after they were held to this point.

Chaim Gothold scored for the hosts, with joint-manager Rafi Addlestone telling jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a tough game played in even tougher conditions. Both goals came from the ball being blown directly into the goal by the wind.

“There was a particularly excellent performance by the centre-back pairing Sof mulovitch and Shooter, dealing with the Rory Delap-esque long throws of the opposition.”

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STRAW HAT PIRATES 1 HERTSWOOD VALE 3
Vale are up into sixth spot thanks to this win.

Having to do it the hard way – coming from a goal behind as captain Josh Wood, Elio Elia and top scorer Josh Cohen all found the net, manager Jacob Emanuel told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a massive three points.

“It wasn’t at all pretty, but a deserved win on the balance of play. The lads showed exceptional mental strength to come from a goal down in the 64th minute, turn the game around, and secure the three points.”

Aron Gale scored The Pirates’ consolation.

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