There were Premier Division wins for Redbridge, Raiders and Hendon, Woodford continued their fine recent run of form in Division One, while Athletic Bilbaum shocked Division Two leaders Hendon B…
RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
Camden Park 0 North London Raiders A 2
Faithfold A 0 Hendon United A 3
Harmen P Blizzard Storm P (WATERLOGGED PITCH)
Redbridge A 2 Oakwood A 1
Faithfold B 1 SPEC FC 5
Los Blancos 1 Woodford Wanderers 3
Oakwood B 2 Redbridge B 2
Boca Jewniors 0 North London Raiders C 2
Hendon United B 1 Athletic Bilbaum 2
L’Equipe 1 Real Hendon 2
Temple Fortune 1 Catford & Bromley 2
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM CAMDEN PARK 0 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A…
WEEK 11 MATCH REPORTS:
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
BEN DE LA FUENTE (CAMDEN PARK)
BRAD GRANT (REDBRIDGE A)
DANIEL MAGIDSON (ATHLETIC BILBAUM)
ALEX ROSENTHAL (HENDON UNITED A)
ALEX NEISS (REAL HENDON)
MARTIN SMULOVITCH (REAL HENDON)
DAN ANDREWS (REDBRIDGE B)
JOSH PUGH (ATHLETIC BILBAUM)
RICHARD ADAMS (CATFORD & BROMLEY)
BEN JOSEPH (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A)
ALEX KAYE (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A)
ALEX GOODMAN (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C)
OLI NATHAN (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C)
RYAN COLE (REDBRIDGE A)
MIKE BYERS (TEMPLE FORTUNE)
DAVID GREEN (WOODFORD WANDERERS)
DANIEL GARFINKLE (REDBRIDGE A)
ZACK NEIMAN (SPEC)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) DANIEL GARFINKLE (REDBRIDGE A) – Latching onto a through ball 40 yards out from goal, carried the ball forward before taking aim from 15 yards and smashing it past the goalkeeper
2) JOSH PUGH (ATHLETIC BILBAUM) – Picked the ball up wide on the right, played a forward pass, followed it, received it back, beat a player, before continuing his run and from 20 yards, as the ball sat up for him, placed a volley into the bottom corner leaving the goalkeeper helpless.
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) BEN DE LA FUENTE (CAMDEN PARK) – Leapt brilliantly to turn Alex Kaye’s in-swinging effort onto the inside of the post
2) DAN LEE (WOODFORD WANDERERS) – Tipped an absolute rocket of a deflected free kick that caught the wind, on to the post today
3) SIMON ROTH (SPEC) – Produced a superb tip over the bar from a goal-bound free-kick
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) WILL CASTLE (CAMDEN PARK) – “Unfortunately we were just a bit short today – you know you are in trouble when I end up on the pitch!”
2) ADAM GLEKIN (HENDON UNITED B) – “Next week it will be vital for us to get our mojo back and not let this minor blip turn into a full blown slump”.
3) ANTON NYMAN (BOCA JEWNIORS) – “We desperately need the January transfer window to sort out striking force out!”
4 DARYL KAY (WOODFORD WANDERERS) – “The only defending we did was against the wind rather than them.”
5) ZACK GOTHELF (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C) – “The second half wasn’t much of a football game, the Chase Lodge pitch living up to its expectations with a distinct inability for any decent football to be played.”
CAMDEN PARK 0 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A 2
Goals in each half from Ricky Engleman and David Dinkin saw Raiders to victory in a wind-swept encounter.
Raiders manager Rob Richman told jewishnews.co.uk: “Five league games and five wins so no complaints so far. The wind made it difficult today, it wasn’t the best spectacle, but it was pleasing how well we controlled the game, particularly in the second half.
“Camden battled hard but we defended well and that meant Doffman in goal wasn’t tested all morning. We could have been a little sharper in our passing and decision making but that will improve with more games. It’s been a great start to the season so far but we must make sure we continue this good form every week as we know every game poses its own challenges.”
Camden player-manager Will Castle told jewishnews.co.uk: “We lost to a very well organised Raiders side.
“I thought we were unlucky today – especially with so many players out. We matched them for the first half an hour and gave away a silly goal through lack of concentration on a short corner. We defended well and could have nicked a draw, but they killed off the game with a lucky windswept shot midway through the second half.
“Unfortunately we were just a bit short today – you know you are in trouble when I end up on the pitch!”
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS ABOVE…
FAITHFOLD A 0 HENDON UNITED A 3
Hendon continued to show signs they are over their bad patch of form as they came away from Faithfold with the three points.
Zac Lewis scored twice, with Chaim Korman also on target. Manager David Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: “The windy conditions and a very whistle happy ref contributed to a particularly stop start game where we struggled to get into our stride. It was difficult to play good football and at times we did look a bit lethargic, but ultimately we got the job done against a stubborn Faithfold side. They defended deep and made it difficult for us and the first goal was crucial and actually came when we capitalised on an error from them at the back, before substitute Chaim Korman produced a cool finish. We never really looked like conceding an equaliser, but it did take us till late on before we finally put the game to bed.
“Three points were the aim and we move on to next week with more confidence restored as we try to make up some lost ground.”
Greens manager Daniel Beresford told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a fantastic performance, we matched them and battled well for 65 minutes, frustrated them a lot but then a couple of mistakes cost us again, they would hopefully be honest enough to say that they should of won 1-0.”
HARMEN P BLIZZARD STORM P
MATCH POSTPONED – WATERLOGGED PITCH
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 2 OAKWOOD A 1
Redbridge maintain top spot in the table as goals from Daniel Garfinkle and Ryan Cole saw them to the points. Guy Helman scored for Oakwood.
Oakwood manager Daniel Kristall told jewishnews.co.uk: “We really didn’t deserve that. After a poor first half, in terrible conditions due to the wind, the home team probably edged it but we started the second half brightly, got our goal and never looked like conceding until a wind-assisted strike flew in and the winner was really cruel.
“On reflection a draw was a fair result but it’s a long season with the top teams taking points off each other. Although we know we have to start coming out on top in the big games if we are to achieve our goal of winning the title. We definitely have the best defence in the league but need to be more clinical at the other end because yesterday shows that if you are not ruthless, you ultimately pay for it.
At 1-0 up we should must be taking the chances to kill the game off, we move on to the cup next week with big hopes of a great run in the national!”
FAITHFOLD B 1 SPEC FC 5
SPEC are up into fifth spot following this comprehensive win over the Greens.
Player-manager Ricky Lawrence got on the scoresheet, with Marc Hecht, Zack Neiman, Alex Hershman and Ashley Lawrence also all on target. Lawrence told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a thoroughly deserved 3 points. We were the better team for pretty much the entire game and when we had the wind with us there was only going to be one winner.”
LOS BLANCOS 1 WOODFORD WANDERERS 3
Woodford continue their fine run of recent form as they moved up into second spot in the table thanks to goals from Harrison Midda, Tom Alexander and Paul Biller. Jono Gaon hit Blanco’s consolation.
Woodford’s Daryl Kay told jewishnews.co.uk: “The first half we played against the heaviest wind imaginable and controlled everything. Blancos were using the wind to go direct every time but our defence and midfield were all over them like a rash. The only defending we did was against the wind rather than them.
“We’re looking strong at the moment, everyone is happy and up for it, and now we look forward to SoSoBad next week!”
OAKWOOD B 2 REDBRIDGE B 2
Oakwood spurned the opportunity to go joint-top at the table as they were held to a point.
Yoni Fialka and David Fialka scored for Redbridge, twice drawing them level, the second goal coming despite being down to ten men.
BOCA JEWNIORS 0 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C 2
The Raiders consolidated their mid-table placing as goals from Oli Nathan and Will Ufland saw them win at basement boys Boca.
Raiders manager Zack Gothelf told jewishnews.co.uk: “We dominated the game from the first whistle, scored twice in the first half, when despite having both the wind advantage and the downhill pitch, Boca failed to test our defence. We had all the play and felt we should have scored more in the first half.
“The second half wasn’t much of a football game, the Chase Lodge pitch living up to its expectations with a distinct inability for any decent football to be played. The wind prevented any balls being played long: the second half certainly wasn’t much of a spectacle for the neutral.”
Boca’s Anton Nyman told jewishnews.co.uk: “Unfortunately another goalless Boca performance. We kept things tight again at the back, the only goals coming from a sloppy penalty and a clearance from the line dropping at their strikers feet. We desperately need the January transfer window to sort out striking force out!”
HENDON UNITED B 1 ATHLETIC BILBAUM 2
The leaders suffered their second defeat of the season as they went down to this surprise loss.
Jacob Brunner and Josh Pugh scored for the victors, with manager Nick Shinder telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Hendon are top of the league for a reason but our dominant display shows why we need to be taken seriously. Faced with a mountain of contentious decisions, leaving us a man down, we worked hard and held it together to win. This was not a surprise victory but a result waiting to happen. Now our focus shifts to Temple Fortune and another strong performance!”
They got off to a great start when in the third minute, Avi Mocton’s flick-on released Gideon Barth and he slid the ball calmly passed the Bilbaum keeper. However, Bilbaum dominated much of the remainder of the half, and deservedly equalised shortly after the restart. Despite going down to 10 men, they edged in front with 20 minutes left and although Hendon finally started to apply some pressure in the final 15 minutes, they were unable to find an equaliser.
Hendon manager Adam Glekin said: “I’m not sure if last week’s result contributed to it, but we just weren’t at the races at all today. We looked like a team struggling at the bottom of the league rather than the leaders. Credit to Bilbaum, they were the better team and we can have no complaints about the result – we were second best all over the pitch. Next week it will be vital for us to get our mojo back and not let this minor blip turn into a full blown slump”.
L’EQUIPE 1 REAL HENDON 2
Real Hendon pulled off one of the results of the day as they won at high-flying L’Equipe.
Alex Neiss and Yossi Lubin scored the goal, with player-manager Chaim Gothold telling jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a great performance today. It obviously makes a difference when we have an almost full-strength team out, as we had today.”
TEMPLE FORTUNE 1 CATFORD & BROMLEY 2
The Cats’ fine run of recent form continued as they picked up another three points at Fortune.
Cats took a 2-0 half-time lead, through Richard Adams header from the edge of the box, which nestled into the back of the net, via the underside of the bar, before Jamie Sinai swivelled and turned on the edge of the box, before unleashing a peach of a strike into the top corner.
Player-manager Jeff Gotch told jewishnews.co.uk: “We played on a bobbly puddle-ridden pitch and it was a mighty slog! We started the game brightly, scored two goals before the interval and at half-time looked pretty comfortable, restricting them to one shot on goal
“The second half though was a different story – they battled superbly well and got a well deserved penalty 15 minutes from time to set up a nail-biting finish. We held on for our fourth win on the spin, and third in a row in the league
It wasn’t pretty, but three points once more and we move on.
“Special mention to the referee Martin Fox, it wasn’t easy in those conditions but he handled everything superbly and should be hands down referee of the week – top marks.”
Adam Lenz scored for Fortune, with player-manager Jonathan Cohen telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We had to play the entire game with just 10 players and no recognisable goalkeeper owing to two weddings and one no-show on the day. To a man, we were superb and had a strict game plan which we stuck to throughout and frustrated our opponents. As if the game was not difficult enough with one fewer man, the strong wind didn’t help either with the ball holding up in the wind for us in the first half, but no doubt about it, Catford were the dominant team in the first half and had the majority the play as you would expect. We looked to play a tight game with no pressing of the ball until they reached our half.
“The second half however was a different story, Catford had a good chance to kill the game off, but some brilliant defending from Lee Fegan and Paul Rich snuffed them out. We were resolute and very disciplined and came into our own with 25 minutes to go. Having pulled one back from the penalty spot, we continued to push but couldn’t capitalise from a succession of corners as the wind carried the ball away from target. In the end Catford tried to run the ball into the corner and will admit that they played a very good and resilient side on the day. I was very pleased with the effort and commitment shown by all.”