Hendon A ensured they weren’t on the wrong end of a cup upset after they crushed their B team 12-1, while there were also cup wins for Redbridge A and Oakwood B…
RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP THIRD ROUND (NUMBER IN BRACKETS REPRESENTS DIVISION OF TEAM)
Athletic Bilbaum P FC Team A P (BILBAUM FORFEITED TIE)
Faithfold A P North London Raiders A P (FAITHFOLD FORFEITED TIE)
Faithfold B 1 Camden Park 3
Hendon United A 12 Hendon United B 1
North London Raiders B P Oakwood A P (RAIDERS FORFEITED TIE)
Oakwood B 1 North London Raiders C 0
Real Sosobad 2 Harmen 5
Redbridge Jewish Care A 4 Brady Maccabi 1
Blizzard Storm 0 Maccabi London Lions A 1
FC Team B P Los Blancos P (WATERLOGGED PITCH)
Redbridge Jewish Care B 1 SPEC FC 4
Woodford Wanderers 6 Brixton Old Boys 0
Boca Jewniors 0 Faithfold C 1
Maccabi London Lions B 1 Catford & Bromley Maccabi 4
Scrabble 3 FC Team C 1
Temple Fortune 2 L’Equipe 6
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM HENDON UNITED A 12 HENDON UNITED B 1
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
GRANT WAISSEL (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C)
BEN LAW (SCRABBLE)
JOEL ISACCS (CATFORD & BROMLEY)
BEN PORTNOI (FAITHFOLD C)
DAN KING (OAKWOOD B)
JOSH COHEN (REAL SOSOBAD)
DAN LASSMAN (REAL SOSOBAD)
JONATHAN PETERS (SCRABBLE)
LUKE BROOKNER (CAMDEN PARK)
DANNY YEHSUA (CATFORD & BROMLEY)
JONNY GAHAN (FAITHFOLD C)
LEOR HAREL (FAITHFOLD C)
ZAC LEWIS (HENDON UNITED A)
SIMON PETERMAN (HENDON UNITED A)
ETHAN ZONE (HENDON UNITED A)
ALEX GOODMAN (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C)
MARC WOOLFE (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C)
DAN ASH (OAKWOOD B)
DAN SEARLE (OAKWOOD B)
SCOTT KAY (REAL SOSOBAD)
JAMES LAW (REAL SOSOBAD)
JAMES RUBIN (REAL SOSOBAD)
ELLIOT ESPINOZA (SCRABBLE)
JAMES RYAN (WOODFORD WANDERERS)
JOSH MARKS (CAMDEN PARK)
JEFF GOTCH (CATFORD & BROMLEY)
DOVI FEHLER (HENDON UNITED A)
JAMES MENDEL (L’EQUIPE)
ANDY SMITH (L’EQUIPE)
DANNY SHERMAN (SCRABBLE)
HARRISON MIDDA (WOODFORD WANDERERS)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) SIMON PETERMAN (HENDON UNITED A) – Terrific dipping shot from the edge of the box which left goalkeeper with no chance
2) ZAC LEWIS (HENDON UNITED A) – Brilliant 25-yard strike into the corner of the net
3) ASH STOKES (CATFORD & BROMLEY) – As cross came into the box, took the ball down, twisted and hit a great volley into the bottom corner.
4) JAMES RYAN (WOODFORD WANDERERS) – Put the finishing touch to an amazing team goal which saw some scintillating fast-paced one-touch passing in their own half
5) JAMES MENDEL (L’EQUIPE) – Produced a humdinger of an effort, almost impossibly curling the ball into the far corner from outside the box
6) MICHAEL KHALASTCHI (CAMDEN PARK) – Scored with a 30-yard thunderbolt free-kick as it flew in off the post
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) GRANT WAISSEL (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C) – Faced with striker bearing down on goal with plenty of time to make up his mind, Waissell stood strong to somehow prevent a goal
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) ADAM GLEKIN (HENDON UNITED B) – “In possession, we were like a rabbit caught in the headlights and we’ve given them quite a few early Chanukah presents with the goals we’ve gifted.”
2) DAVID GARBACZ (HENDON UNITED A) – “We’ve had our bad patch now this season and its full steam ahead from here on in.”
3) JASON STEIN (OAKWOOD B) – “We’ll proudly fly the flag for Division One and fear no one.”
4 ROB SHOOMAN (FAITHFOLD C) – “I don’t think our goalkeeper got to hold the ball more than six times in the match.”
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP THIRD ROUND: (number in brackets represents division of team)
ATHLETIC BILBAUM (2) P FC TEAM A (PREM) P
BILBAUM FOREFEITED TIE – GAME AWARDED TO FC TEAM
FAITHFOLD A (PREM) P NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A (PREM) P
FAITHFOLD FOREFEITED TIE – GAME AWARDED TO RAIDERS
FAITHFOLD B (1) 1 CAMDEN PARK (PREM) 3
The Premier Division joint-leaders ensured they weren’t on the end of any slip-up as they turned in this professional display.
Josh Marks, Michael Khalastchi and David Kanzen scored for Camden, for whom manager Will Castle told jewishnews.co.uk: “We made the Faithfold B game much harder than it should have been. From the first minute they got in our faces and had a couple of early chances they really should have scored but then we woke up and settled into the game dominating the first half.
“Stand-in striker Josh Marks, who looks like he could be a revelation up front, finished off a well-worked move for the opener and I’m looking forward to seeing more of him in that position, with a bit of luck he will be able go some way to filling the huge void left by Rob Hershkorn’s injury.
“2-0 was a dangerous scoreline for us as we seemed to think the game was won, Faithfold came out in the second half recharged and scored a goal with around 20 minutes to go making it a very nervy ending for us, but thankfully we held on and DJ Kanzen sealed the win with a brilliant chip from the edge of the box. Thankfully we did enough for the win but not the best Camden performance I have ever seen.
HENDON UNITED A (PREM) 12 HENDON UNITED B (2) 1
The wait to see pork being served at a barmitzvah will have to go on as the Premier Division side swept past their B side in emphatic style to avoid any embarrassing upset.
Dovi Fehler, Zac Lewis and Simon Peterman all scored hat-tricks, with Ethan Zone’s double and Yoav Kestenbaum’s strike completing the rout.
Manager David Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: “We enjoyed ourselves this morning. We played some good pacy exciting stuff, scored some excellent goals and very nearly even managed to keep a clean sheet. The gulf between the teams was evident from an early stage, but all credit to the B’s for never dropping their heads and remaining competitive throughout, they deserved their goal at the end.
“Today was important for us to regain belief and our confidence and the swagger was definitely back. Excellent standout performances all over the park today with three great hat-tricks, plus a superb Duracell battery performance from Ethan Zone who ran rings from minute 1 to 90 and also chipped in with two goals. We’ve had our bad patch now this season and its full steam ahead from here on in.”
Goalless after 15 minutes, the floodlights opened once the A’s went in front as they stormed to a 7-0 half-time lead. Improving after the break, the B’s did pull back a consolation and were rewarded for their efforts when Benni Sluckis nodded in from a corner.
B’s player-manager Adam Glekin told jewishnews.co.uk: “I can’t fault the effort we put in, but the gulf in class was just far too big to bridge. Having said that, the first half was really disappointing on our part. In possession, we were like a rabbit caught in the headlights and we’ve given them quite a few early Chanukah presents with the goals we’ve gifted. Fair play to them, they’re a very classy side and I’m sure will kick on now but we could’ve done without a few of the classless comments from their manager to put a dampener on things. Anyway, for us it’s one to forget and we can now focus on our promotion push knowing we won’t have to play teams with that sort of quality every week.”
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS ABOVE…
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B (1) P OAKWOOD A (PREM) P
RAIDERS FOREFEITED TIE – GAME AWARDED TO OAKWOOD
OAKWOOD B (1) 1 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C (2) 0
Dan Ash’s strike proved to be the difference as The O’s saw off The Raiders in a hard-fought contest.
Manager Jason Stein, who wasn’t at the game, told jewishnews.co.uk: “”Delighted to reach the quarter-final of the Cyril Anekstein Cup, it’s something I could only dream of when I took charge 15 months ago.
“I hope the TV companies acknowledge what an achievement it is and bring the cameras down in a few weeks. We’ll proudly fly the flag for Division One and fear no one.”
Raiders manager Zack Gothelf told jewishnews.co.uk: “Defensively we were very solid, only conceding to a late deflected effort, this was a much better performance from Raiders. Onwards and upwards, starting with Boca on Sunday.”
REAL SOSOBAD (1) 2 HARMEN (PREM) 5
A hat-trick from James Gershfield, coupled with a double from Sam Castle saw the Premier Division side overcome a battling Sosobad side.
Dan Lassman and Scott Kay scored for Sosobad, for whom manager Daniel Shafron told jewishnews.co.uk: “Unfortunately the result on paper doesn’t do our performance justice. We were very good and pushed Harmen all the way. At 2-1 up, I thought we could have gone on to win but lack of concentration from a set piece allowed them back in the game.
“We should have taken the lead again when James Law volleyed in from 35 yards but the ref gave a very contentious offside decision.
“It’s frustrating conceding three goals in the last five minutes, two of which could have been prevented but I really can’t fault the boys. They worked tirelessly, competed for every ball, played some excellent football and showed real desire and belief. It was a performance collectively and individually to be proud of.”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A (PREM) 4 BRADY MACCABI (1) 1
The Premier Division leaders were comfortable winners over the Division One table toppers, thanks to goals from Steven Summers, Nathan Sollosi, Sam Sollosi and Scott Oldstein.
Reiss Mogilner scored for Brady, for whom player-manager Josh Dagul told jewishnews.co.uk: “We knew it was going to be a tough game and set out to defend well and hit them on the counter. The plan worked in the first half where we weathered the storm by defending superbly as a team, defenders flinging themselves in front of shots and our keeper saving everything else. We even took the lead with the last kick of the first half. Unfortunately we couldn’t maintain it in the second half as our legs tired as they continued their passing football and once they equalised it was always going to be tough to recover. They’ve built a young team with some very good players and will be a force in the next couple of years. We wish them luck for the rest of the season.”
BLIZZARD STORM 0 MACCABI LONDON LIONS A 1
The Lions kept up their impressive run of recent form as they claimed a win which puts some distance between themselves and the sides at the bottom of the table.
Adam Abadi’s strike earned them the points, with player-manager David Pollock telling jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a hard fought tough game against a hard working opposition.”
Storm player-manager Simon Linden told jewishnews.co.uk: “We let ourselves down in the second half and didn’t create enough in the final third. Lions was there for the taking.”
FC TEAM B P LOS BLANCOS P
MATCH POSTPONED – WATERLOGGED PITCH
REDBRIDGE B 1 SPEC FC 4
SPEC reversed the scoreline on their 4-1 defeat last week, by turning in their best performance of the season to claim this win.
Zack Neiman, Alex Hershman, Craig Cohen and Elliot Wallis were all on target for the visitors, for whom player-manager Ricky Lawrence told jewishnews.co.uk: “A hard fought victory and a vital three points. Hopefully we can begin to build on this now.”
Yoni Fialka scored for the hosts.
WOODFORD WANDERERS 6 BRIXTON OLD BOYS 0
Woodford have shot up to fourth spot in the table thanks to this emphatic win, which sees them sit four points off top spot, and with a game in hand on the leaders.
Harrison Midda helped himself to a hat-trick, with James Ryan, Tom Alexander and Paul Biller completing the rout.
Joint-manager Daryl Kay told jewishnews.co.uk: “To be honest it was men against boys from minute one. I told the team that today was about scoring goals and keeping a clean sheet and they did just that. We got a bit sloppy at times but overall a pleasing victory and delighted for Harrison who was back with a bang – a first half hat-trick says it all! The build up play for James Ryan’s goal was amazing, one-touch passing from our own half at speed – definitely a goal of the week contender at any level!
BOCA JEWNIORS 0 FAITHFOLD C 1
Faithfold kept up their early-season promotion push with this slender win at Boca, which came courtesy of Leor Harrel’s strike.
Manager Rob Shooman told jewishnews.co.uk: “We won 1-0, but totally dominated the game. A combination of us missing many opportunities and some resolute defending from Boca frustrated – and stopped us – from scoring more. I don’t think our goalkeeper got to hold the ball more than six times in the match.
“It was played in a good spirit with very little animosity and any that did occur were dealt with very ably by the referee.”
Boca’s Anton Nyman told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was another frustrating game for Boca, very much in it, and just lacking that killer instinct to score the vital goals.
“We missed a handful of golden chances and ultimately were punished by what must be said was a great strike from their striker. Defensively, we look a well-drilled unit at the moment, only conceding five in the last four games – but we’ve only scored three in that time too which simply isn’t good enough at this level.”
MACCABI LONDON LIONS B 1 CATFORD & BROMLEY 4
Lions spurned the chance to close in at the top of the table as they were somewhat surprisingly handed this comprehensive home defeat by the Cats.
Player-manager Jeff Gotch equalised for the cats on the quarter-hour mark, which is how it stayed until 20 minutes from time. Two substitutions proved to be the difference, with Danny Yeshua replacing Jamie Sinai and Mark Wayne replacing Gotch.
Yeshua’s pace caused Lions all manner of problems as Joel Isaacs scored from a corner to put them in front, before Ash Stokes made it 3-1 with a goal of the week contender, with Yeshua putting the game beyond doubt with the fourth.
Gotch told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m so proud of the boys today, everyone was immense. Special mention goes to Danny Yeshua who came on and changed the game, but the whole back four were class. We’re on the up and ready to make it four from four next week.”
Eli Cohen scored for the hosts, with manager Samuel Marchant telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We weren’t at the races today. It’s as simple as that. Catford came out fighting as expected but we didn’t react. It was a collectively poor performance and we will react and we will bounce back. We took the lead early on, but immediately let Catford back in by giving a soft goal away. We were lucky to be 1-1 at half-time, but the second half was entirely different.
“We had some fantastic chances to score in the first 20 minutes of the second half – but didn’t. The opposition came in our half twice in 30 minutes, the second time they did, they won a corner and scored. We were then chasing the game and conceded twice again on counter-attacks.
“We’re disappointed by the result as we know we are a team capable of much more than what was on show today. It’s only one loss, and we now know we need to be at our top level every week if we are to get back on track and push the league leaders all the way.”
SCRABBLE 3 FC TEAM C 1
Scrabble moved to within a point off top spot thanks to this relatively comfortable win, which saw them maintain their 100 percent winning start to the season.
Adam Pearlman, a Jonathan Peters penalty and Zak McLeod strike saw them to the points, with manager Ray Abrahams telling jewishnews.co.uk: “This was one of our toughest games of the season against a well organised and determined FC Team side. We were in control of the game at 2-0 but as soon as they made it 2-1 it became a little uneasy for us and we were forced to shore up our midfield by bringing on Dan Green with 20 minuites to go to see out the game.
“A nervy last 10 minutes was finally ended when Zak McLeod scored. At this stage of the season it’s the points that count and we are glad to have taken all three today to keep our 100 per cent record in the league in tact with six wins in six outings.”
TEMPLE FORTUNE 2 L’EQUIPE 6
L’Equipe made it five win from six as four goals from Andy Smith helped them to the win at struggling Fortune.
James Mendel’s double made it a sweet six for the visitors, for whom Mark Singer told jewishnews.co.uk: “All in all a very satisfying morning for L’Equipe. We’ll need to tighten things up at the back against stronger opposition, but another three points on the board is all that matters.
“Special mention to Andy Smith, who was relentless in front of goal, and gets back in front of his brother Mark in their race for the Golden Boot. Another sensational performance from in-form “Mendel” who gave it his all and reaped the rewards, but credit to Fortune for battling to the end.
“We’re delighted with the start we’ve had to the season. We can’t do more than beat the team in front of us and keep ourselves in contention at the top of the table. We look forward to welcoming Real Hendon to the fortress next week where we hope to pick up where we left off on Sunday.”
Adam Lenz and Mike Byers scored for Fortune, for whom player-manager Jonathan Cohen told jewishnews.co.uk: “We gifted L’Equipe a 2-0 head start in all honesty and although we were second best in the first half, we could and should have gone in 3-2 up having squandered three really good chances.
“At 2-1 we were well in the game but I made the wrong substitutions – I took the wrong players off – and we never recovered. L’Equipe were deserved winners in the end but we will be better prepared for them next time.”